This week is Red Ribbon Week

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

Communication is key in every relationship or level of leadership, if you have any chance for things to go smoothly.
This week is Red Ribbon Week, which is a weeklong drug prevention messaging week. The ideas are generally simple like wearing red, hugs not drugs or too smart to start.
You might not think that the messaging matters, but the truth is if we say nothing, that strategy is sure to work against you.
We need to speak with our children and speak often about the choices they make and how those choices can make a difference in their lives.
I don’t mean talking to them in a preachy, “When I was your age,” kind of way, I mean using the instances we see in our daily lives that bring the simple messaging into a real-world perspective.
You can’t always choose their friends, their mates or their jobs, even though many will try. Always try to help them on the path when they ask questions or come to you for advice.
You may not always have the answers, but one of the luxuries of being surrounded by all this tech is that so many resources are at your fingertips.
The opioid crisis which seems to be all over the news every day is one topic to have a conversation about, you can avoid it, but it will not avoid our children.
One way to have a serious look at the issue of drugs is from a New Mexico organization called, Christopher Productions. I wish I could show it to every teen because they see how easy it is to get in over their head and they get to hear it from the mouths of their peers.
Visit christopherproductions.org/projects2.html and check out No Exceptions, Pain Killer Addiction. I know the topic seems heavy, but when you hear the simple ways students are first exposed to situations, hopefully they know how to respond in a situation.
Our kids are too precious not to have the conversation and you never know who might need to hear the message.
Bernadette Lauritzen is the Executive Director of Champions of Youth Ambitions (C’YA).