April is Alcohol Awareness Month at the same time teens are getting ready for many celebrations including school being over.
It is that time of the year and teens are excited about their proms and graduation.
With this usually comes celebration, but remember, drinking age is usually 21 years-old.
Parents need to encourage their teens to make smart choices. There is the POWER of PARENTS!
Steps you can take at home:
Help your son or daughter steer clear of the dangers of underage drinking with these five steps:
Step 1: Think of yourself as a coach
Your role in preventing underage drinking is similar to coaching. You can help your teen by
- Sharing information
- Discussing choices and monitoring behavior
- Helping your teen anticipate and handle challenging situations
- Cheering your teen on to make smart, safe choices
Step 2: Get busy communicating
Begin a series of conversations with your son or daughter—proactively, before he or she gets caught drinking—about how:
- Alcohol is a drug with serious sedative effects
- Drinking has health dangers and other risks for young people
- It is illegal to drink before the age of 21
- You want your teen to be safe and respect the law
- Your teen can plan ways to resist peer pressure to drink
Step 3: Keep track of your teen
You need to know what your teen does after school, at night, and on weekends—and with whom.
- Agree on rules, limits, and consequences
- Monitor all in-person and online activities
- Know your teen’s schedule
- Make sure he or she has your permission for activities
- Talk to parents of kids with whom your teen spends time
- Enforce consequences consistently
Step 4: Show respect and caring
Your teen will respond better when you
- Listen respectfully to his or her ideas and concerns
- Explain that rules, limits, and consequences are meant to protect them
- Help your teen think logically and make smart choices
- Remind your teen how much you love and care about them
Step 5: Be a positive role model
Your teen will be most receptive to your guidance if you lead by example and act responsibly.
Source: MADD Power of Parents