What About Trust?
A parent’s first reaction to drug testing their kids may be a strong concern about jeopardizing the trust they feel they have with their child. Trust is something that is earned over time. From the time children are young, parents establish rules and verify that the rules are followed.
For example, parents check their child’s report cards starting in kindergarten to make sure their child is successful academically. As a child grows, parents continue to review their child’s report cards, even when their child tells them what to expect. Kids don’t have an issue about their parents reviewing their report cards in middle school or high school because it’s a verification method that started when they were young.
For an adolescent, new rules such as curfews are set. The first few late nights, parents stay up to be sure their child is home at the established time. Over time, after a child has repeatedly honored their curfew, parents may extend the curfew or may ask their child to wake them when he or she gets home. Parents trust their child, but continue to verify that their child is following the curfew.
Drug testing can be thought of as a report card or a verification method that shows how successfully a child is saying no to drugs. Parents can monitor their child’s success with resisting drug use by using the First Check Drug Test kit in the privacy of their own home.
Trust that a child is making good decisions about saying no to drugs during adolescence will be earned over time, and parents will continue to verify that their child is healthy and drug free. Home drug testing is a confidential, accurate and inexpensive prevention tool.
Setting Rules for you Kids
by The Partnership for a Drug Free America