Don’t let a bad conversation keep you down
Your tween is mastering the eye roll, but a dismissive response isn’t always a bad thing; it means they are listening. Don’t get discouraged by what may seem like a bad conversation – keep at it. They ARE listening, even if they don’t show it.
Lead by example
Kids in earshot? Have the conversation out loud about who is driving home from a party and how you plan to make good decisions. If they hear you planning ahead, they will come to realize that’s what is expected of them. It’s never too early to model responsible behavior, especially when it comes to alcohol.
Explain why they should say NO
Parents, studies show that you are the leading influence on your kid’s decision to drink, or not to drink, alcohol. It is important to explain to your kids why adults can drink alcohol, and kids cannot. Our resources have the facts about the impact of alcohol on a developing brain, so we recommend watching our videos with your kids to help explain the consequences of drinking underage.
Get excited, get ahead
Conversations about things such as alcohol should start early and happen often. Keep an eye out for current events or ask general questions to see how your kid feels about the topic. It is important to establish lines of communication early, so they know they can come back to you as a trusted adult later.