Celebrate a Safe and Substance-Free 4th of July

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The Fourth of July is a time for celebration, family gatherings, and fireworks. As we prepare for this joyous occasion, it’s important to ensure that our festivities are safe and substance-free, especially for our teens. Here are some tips and resources to help parents and teens enjoy a healthy and happy Independence Day.

Tips for Parents:

1. Lead by Example: Show your teens that you can have fun without substance misuse. Plan engaging activities like a family barbecue, outdoor games, or fireworks displays to keep everyone entertained.

2. Open Communication: Talk to your teens about the dangers of substance use. Explain how it can impair judgment and ruin what should be a memorable holiday.

3.Create a Safe Environment: Make sure there are plenty of non-alcoholic beverages and healthy snacks available. Encourage your teens to invite friends over to enjoy a safe and supervised environment.

Tips for Teens:

1. Stay Active: Get involved in planning the celebration. Suggest activities like a sports game, a talent show, or a DIY fireworks display with sparklers and glow sticks.

2. Peer Support: Surround yourself with friends who support your decision to stay substance-free. It’s easier to resist peer pressure when you have a strong support system.

3. Educate Yourself: Learn about the risks associated with substance use. Understanding the consequences can help you make informed decisions.

GameChanger was created in 2018 with a mission to prevent substance misuse in the youth population. We connect students, educators, and communities across the nation with an aim toward providing the educational, training, coaching, and other consulting and support services necessary to prevent substance misuse. For more information, visit GameChanger (gamechangerusa.org).

By planning a fun, engaging, and substance-free Fourth of July, you can create lasting memories while promoting a healthy lifestyle for your teens. Let’s celebrate our freedom responsibly and keep our loved ones safe.

Happy Independence Day!

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