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Parents do make a difference! Tips for keeping your kids alcohol-free

Wednesday, October 08, 2003

LEARN TO COMMUNICATE BETTER
• Be a better listener.
• Give honest answers.
• Use media messages as a starting point for opening dialogue.
• Don’t react in a way that will cut off further discussion.
• Role play with your child and practice ways to refuse alcohol and other drugs in different situations.
• Acknowledge how tough these moments can be.
• Don’t accept underage drinking as a rite of passage.

STAY INVOLVED
• Spend “together” time.
• Help your child build healthy friendships.
• Be nosey.
• Connect with other parents.
• Avoid the “Danger Zone,” make sure there is adult supervision between 4 and 6 PM.

LAY DOWN THE LAW
• Develop clear family rules about teen drinking.
• Set a curfew for when your child must be home.
• Make it easy for your child to leave a party where alcohol and drugs are being used.
• Refuse to supply alcohol to underage youth in your home or on your property or allow anyone else to do so.
• If you have older children that are of legal drinking age, make sure they know better than to supply alcohol to their younger brothers and sisters.

WALK THE TALK
• Be a living, day-to-day example of your value system.
• Monitor alcohol use in your home.
• Plan family and social events that do not include alcohol.
• Examine your own behavior.
• Get help sooner rather than later.

PRAISE & REWARD
• Focus on the positive.
• Reward good behavior consistently and immediately.
• Encourage healthy alternatives to alcohol.

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