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.
Dont 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.
Dont accept underage drinking as a rite of passage.
Spend together time.
Help your child build healthy friendships.
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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