Red Ribbon Week was invented to get your kids talking about a serious topic, and they certainly will talk. The question is will you be the one to provide a parental perspective? Red Ribbon Week automatically breaks the ice—it’s its own conversation starter. Take advantage of it and let your kids know what you see in them and how quickly drug addiction could rob all the potential and life they’re demonstrating now. Give them automatic excuses if they need any. Let them blame you and make you look like the party pooper. Sometimes it’s worth it to be a stick-in-the-mud.