When you think your teen is using drugs

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If you think your teenager is using drugs and you are thinking about drug testing them, this is a decision you have to take very seriously. Talk to other members of your community. Talk to your teenager's friends parents. See if they are concerned about same issues. This will help see if you are on the same page as your child's friends parents. Next, sit down and talk with your teenager before you consider buying a drug test. This way you can actually see what they are saying, what the issues are for them; and can warn them. "Look, I'm thinking about buying a drug test, but I really want to trust you. Can I trust you?" Sometimes just the threat of thinking about having to take a drug test can get your teenager to shape up. Lastly, if behavior isn't changing, approach the child's school. Ask them for help. Maybe they will have a seminar or would be willing to talk to your child about their drug use.

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Vanessa Van Petten is one of the nation's youngest experts, or 'youthologists' on parenting and adolescents.  She wrote her first parenting book, You're Grounded, from the teen's perspective when she was just 17. After winning the Mom’s Choice Award in 2009, she launched her popular parenting website, RadicalParenting.com, which she now writes with 120 other teenagers to answer questions from parents on everything from communication issues to cyberbullying. Vanessa's unique approach has been featured by CNN, CBS Miami, Fox New York, Wall Street Journal, Teen Vogue, and many more.  She was also on the Real Housewives of Orange County helping the housewives with troubled teens. Her latest book, Do I Get My Allowance Before or After I'm Grounded?  won the Moms Choice Award in 2012. 

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