National Red Ribbon Week and Homeschool

Hey Homeschool Parents – National Red Ribbon Week is just around the corner!  The week of October 23rd-31st has been designated as National Red Ribbon Week.  Most public schools, and some private schools and local resources, participate in the National campaign but homeschools do not often consider Red Ribbon Week as part of their homeschool curriculum or activities. 
Here are a few reasons you may wish to consider including this in your homeschool:

  • You have already made the decision to make sure your child gets the best education possible by taking their education into your own hands, by educating them about drug use and abuse you can ensure they are getting correct and appropriate information.
  • When teaching about drug use you can also incorporate lessons on self esteem, peer pressure, consequences, health, social behaviors, history, and much more.
  • Homeschool students are not completely immune from exposure to alcohol and drug issues.  In fact, many parents decide to homeschool once their teens have already been exposed to drugs.
  • Communities often allow homeschool students to participate in Red Ribbon Week sponsored school and community events.
  • Opportunities to educate your child on teen issues and arm them with enough tools to know how to handle drug, or other teen, related  issues should they ever arise.

The following sites can help aid you in educating yourself, your teen, and your family on teen issues:

  • Teen Help – Covers drugs, depression, parenting, alcohol, adolescent development, learning disabilities, and more.
  • Family First Aid – Variety of teen and parenting issues.
  • Troubled Teen – Mostly teen issues involving rebellion, runaway, alcohol, drugs, depression, anger, and more.
  • Struggling Teens – Addresses options for parents with a struggling teen such as boarding schools, counselling, alternative schools, and more.

Homeschooling your children on the dangers and consequences of drug use and other teen issues will help them make good sound choices as they grow.