Listen First

We are currently in a world where most people are on the fast lane, because they have a lot to catch up with and 24 hours seem not to be enough for the activities of one day. What you used to achieve in one month can now be achieved in an hour or even less, courtesy of innovations and globalization. Yet, you still find it difficult to
spend quality time with your family; because despite the tight schedule, the smart phone and other gadgets may have taken over the little time you have for family. Consequently, you do not listen to what is happening in your family.


In this situation, the children become vulnerable to all forms of abuse and negative influences like drug abuse and illicit trafficking. That is why the United Nations set aside today 26th June as International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The theme for this year is “Listen First- Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe”. This is an initiative to increase support for prevention of drug abuse and illicit drug use which is an effective investment in the well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.
We all have roles to play in this situation, starting with paying attention to the children and listening to every detail they express so as to identify when things are about to go wrong and give prompt intervention. Spending time with your children will give you the opportunity to know them better. Having some fun time with them will help you win their trust and they will not hide anything from you. Being there for them gives them a sense of security and not to give in to pressure and bullying. Ensuring that they take their drugs when need be, and according to Doctor’s prescription would help to prevent drug abuse and addiction.
So, Listen first to your children and process every piece of information they give so as to save them from drugs abuse and illicit trafficking. Do more by sharing this post in the interest and well-being of children and youth, their families and their communities.

www.un.org/en/events/drugabuseday/
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