Think back to when you were a child. What pressures were there from society, from your peers, from the need to be accepted? It may not always be easy to bridge the generation gap between you and your child, but taking a hopeful not my child mentality regarding misuse of any substance is not going to help you. There is plenty of advice about talking to your children regarding steroids.
In today's fast paced society, kids are not accustomed to waiting for anything. There is also more access to drugs than ever before. Any internet search will display hundreds, even thousands, of results regarding the availability of steroids. With the search for immediate satisfaction in all aspects of life, self-esteem is no exception. Who didn't want to look their best, to be noticed by the most popular guy or girl in school? The media is shoveling images of styled, tanned and perfectly chiseled models at our kids, and the connection that the vast majority of the population does not look like this doesn't seem to register. Unfortunately, it may seem that the serious negative side effects also do not register. As difficult as it may be, it is important to maintain an element of control over this situation before it escalates further.
Most kids want a role model. You may not be the ideal role model for you child, but it is important to find somebody that is. There is bound to be a responsible adult in your community who your child can look up to, and will be happy to offer advice and support where needed.
Be aware of the indications of steroid use. If you can recognize it as soon as possible you (or another adult your child trusts) can confront your child about it. Talk to your health care provider for advice. Prevention is better than cure for most situations, and this is one of them. Have your athletic child speak to a doctor or other health professional about how they can maintain and improve a healthy balance of diet and exercise to look their best and perform well, without the assistance of controlled substances. Reinforce the ideas of playing fair, rather than winning at any cost. Explain that it doesn't really count as a win if you cheated. While it is important to encourage and support your child's sporting endeavors, don't put on too much pressure to bring home the trophies. While you may think you're being supportive, your child may think they now have that expectation to live up too, that they have set a precedent to be met.
It is also important to boost your child's self-esteem. This does not necessarily mean making over-stated claims all the time, and is not limited to looks and appearance. Talk down any self expectations that are on an unrealistic level. Parents have a vital role during teenage years to help their children develop self confidence, and acceptance of who they are, even though the child may try to push you away.