RAYMOND —April is Alcohol Awareness Month. This is a great time to raise awareness to the issue of youth and alcohol and help with ways to prevent the two from mixing.
Do you know the #1 reason kids do not smoke, drink or use drugs is fear of disappointing their parents? Parents have a very powerful influence in their teen’s life, even if they sometimes make us think we don’t. Please talk to your kids and talk often, you do make a difference!
Here are seven ways you can protect your child from alcohol and other drugs:
1. Talk Often With Your Kids. Kids who learn a lot about the risks of alcohol and other drugs from their parents are up to fifty-percent less likely to use. Have regular discussions from an early age, with consistent messages about the risks of alcohol and other drugs.
•Plan what you want to say for the appropriate age.
•Practice how you will respond to tough questions.
•Find teachable moments.
•Teach them how to turn down alcohol and other drugs.
•Visit www.timetotalk.org for more helpful tips on how to talk with your kids.
2. Be Clear About Your Expectations. You can build trust with your child by having clear and consistent rules. Tell them it is not okay to drink or do drugs because:
•It‘s against the law.
•You’re still growing and your brain is still developing. Alcohol and drugs can damage your memory, your ability to learn, and can permanently damage your brain.
•Doing drugs and drinking when you’re a teen makes you more likely to become addicted, and can lead to desperate measures including committing crimes.
•You are more likely to make a bad decision when you are drinking or getting high, such as getting in a car, getting in a fight, or having sex.