Actions speak louder than words. Some actions and behaviors by parents, while not intentional, may encourage underage drinking and drug use and contribute to your child’s perception of the encouragement of use. See our tip sheets to check the message you are sending.
Teens report that the biggest influences in their lives are their parents and family. Establishing rules about underage drinking has proven highly successful. Our Parent/Child Agreement can help you and your kids discuss the issue and work together to set rules that everyone understands and accepts.
Your child leaving for college is a stressful time for you all as a family. You can help facilitate a successful transition by talking about college drinking culture before your teen leaves-and then maintaining the conversation throughout his/her college years. Learn How.
Don’t know where to begin when having the conversation about alcohol with your child? Use these questions to get you started-try to avoid badgering your child with them instead use one as the jumping off point for a two-way conversation.
Be sure that the information and concerns about alcohol you share with your child is right for their age. As they get older, you can give them more information and reinforce your rules. Learn more about making your conversations about alcohol count.
According to the American Medical Association the brain goes through dynamic change during adolescence [ages 12–21] and alcohol can seriously damage long- and short-term growth processes. Learn more about impact of alcohol on your child’s developing brain.
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