Table Talks

Talk WITH Your Kids

You are the most important influence in their lives!
Table Talks and Dashboard Conversations Shows You How.

Why This Book Was Created

Youth who eat dinner with their families at least 5 times per week, self-report they are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many prevention agencies advocate the “Gold Standard” as – dinner five nights a week. But in today’s society, can most families realistically sit down and have meals five nights a week? Not always…

However, the conversation is the key!

It starts with one conversation a day.
Talk WITH your kids, not at them!

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The Results—Youth who eat dinner with their parents are less likely to:

  • Use tobacco/nicotine/vape
  • Use alcohol or marijuana
  • Have friends that use tobacco/nicotine, vaping, alcohol or marijuana
  • Plan to use drugs in the future
  • Feel depressed
  • Think about suicide
  • Have sex early
  • Have risky behaviors
  • Make poor decisions 

This book discusses:

  • Drugs and their short and long-term effects
  • Vaping
  • Risky behavior
  • Teen Pressure
  • Bullying & Internet Safety
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal Skills & Self-development
  • Emotional health & suicide prevention

How Parents Use This Book

  • This book is broken into each of the months and offers daily conversations to be had for every day of that month.
  • Family Field Trips with a specific conversation or activity are included on a weekly or biweekly basis. You select one of the many activities that interest you for that day.
  • Following the suggested Field Trips are a separate list of conversations for engagement with your child during the Family Field Trip or Activity.
  • A Parent Resource Appendix is provided at the back of the book for additional resources that parents need to have available for dealing with their growing teens in today’s world.

Our Mission

To significantly help improve the parent-child relationship and bond. To break the generational cycle of drug abuse and to end the revolving door of incarceration.

Table Talks – For Elementary Age

In today’s world elementary school kids are now being exposed to nicotine, vaping and drugs at an even earlier age. Statistics show that parents talking with and listening to their child increases the rate of children growing up to make healthy, positive choices. We know that conversation is the key and we created Table Talks for Elementary-Age to address this! Learn how to talk to your kids about important issues they are facing at school and in life with discussions for 365-days a year. YOU are the most important influence in your child’s life! Keep the conversation going as they grow… Make sure you’re the one they’re listening to.

Parent-Child Conversation Guide

Table Talks for Elementary

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Table Talks Monthly Topics

No other book provides a 365-day breakdown of conversations to have with your child like Table Talks does.


The Drug Epidemic:
Opioid, Steroids, Prescription Drugs & The Affects on the Body and Adolescent Brain
Discuss the dangers of controlled substances. Review the side effects, misuse, use, and abuse of drugs.

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Marijuana Awareness
February expands on drug education by targeting Marijuana as it is a growing threat to the sobriety of our youth.

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Perceptions, Attitudes & Experience
Teens will learn that a changed perspective can produce a more hopeful look on challenges and the future before them.

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Leadership Readiness
People who hold themselves to be accountable as leaders behave much more responsibly.

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National Substance Abuse Awareness
Although we talk about substance abuse in other months, in May we address the problem from a more national, social, and systematic view.

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Wellness, Safety, and Healthy Options
We think it is fitting that we lead off with a strong lesson in safety, wellness and health. So much growth happens over the summer.

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Summer Bucket List
The school year has ended for most schools. Many students complain that their summer days can get boring.
However: When students are thinking about and doing the things they should, boredom becomes a non-factor. Boredom is a sign that we aren’t doing the things we should.

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Interpersonal Skills & Communication
Communication is the topic for August. It is fitting that we begin the school year with the basic building block of healthy relationships.

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Emotional Health & Suicide Prevention
Through this month we guide children through self-discovery process, selfactualization,and toward the acquisition of self-governing skills.

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Bullying & Internet Safety
This month we talk about the child’s role in harmful situations and how they can systematically process personal and peer grievances.

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Alcohol, Tobacco/Nicotine & Vaping
Alcohol & tobacco/nicotine and their physiological, psychological, sociological and the legal effects on the individual, family and society.

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Core Values, Peer Assimilation & Peer Pressure
Developing and implementing an effective personal wellness plan contributes to healthy decision-making over one’s lifetime.

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Meet The Authors

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Michael DeLeon
CEO/Founder of Steered Straight, Inc.
Author of Table Talks and Dashboard Conversations

Michael DeLeon is on a mission: A mission to educate youth to stay on the right path when it comes to serious life issues, especially drugs. He has become the #1 booked school presenter in the country. Michael’s program reaches out to
children, teens and young adults with a message of reality about life-choices and the importance of consequential thinking so they understand there are future consequences to their actions. The reality of the message comes from Michael himself, who was entwined in the life of drugs and traveled a troubled road to get to his future.  Across America, Michael now speaks out with passion to present a realistic and powerful prevention message. His “no holds back” message resonates with student assemblies, faculty and parents.

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Darla DeLeon
Co-Author of Table Talks and Dashboard Conversations

Darla DeLeon, wife of Steered Straight Founder, Michael DeLeon has her own story. She brings the family perspective—a wife that not only had to deal with her husband’s addiction, raise two children by herself for 12 years while he was away in prison, but also had to deal with the long-term effects on their family. Today, Darla holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology in Addictions and Recovery and a Bachelor of Science degree for Marriage and Family Therapy from Liberty University. She is currently obtaining dual Masters degrees.  Her passion meets her purpose by spreading H.O.P.E.: Helping Other People Elevate.  She has also authored a curriculum called, “My 12 Step Play List” and “Mended” that helps individuals work through trauma and addiction.