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I have gotten to the stage in my life where I can’t believe that I need to talk to my teens about drinking. After all, they are just babies, right?
Well, no, they are not, they are two wonderful young men that are looking to their parents for guidance and direction. And they are usually very open to talking about anything.
But it’s me that is finding difficulty with this latest stage of parenting. According to MJ Corcoran, I am now in the Stage 3: Coach Parenting. Since we are a huge baseball family, I feel that it is a very fitting stage in life.
My husband and I have always been open and honest with our kids about drinking. And we are doing our best to set a good example for them. Did you know that according to the GfK Roper Youth Report, parents have been the greatest influence on teens’ decisions about drinking alcohol ages for 20 years? That’s a 24% increase since 1991!
Well, what do you know, they DO listen to us, even when we think they don’t!
This is where my husband and I really lead by example for our kids. When we are at a party, one of us is designated driver. And that person does not drink at all. I think it is very important for my boys to see that adults are taking drinking and driving very seriously and that is not acceptable.
Family Talk About Drinking Program:
For over 20 years, Anheuser-Busch has shared the Family Talk About Drinking website, which features tips and suggestions from certified educator and parent coach MJ Corcoran, including:
- Find Windows of Opportunity to Talk.
I found that time alone in the car with each kid works best for this. I love this time with my boys.
- Connect with Your Teen. Just plain talking to your teen makes a big impact. Find out what is going on with them. And tell them that you are always available.
- Ask Open-Ended Questions.
~This was a favorite of mine because I posed them to my boys:
“What would you do if your best friend asked you to drink?” My youngest’s answer(he is 14): I would slap him. That is stupid and dangerous. His answer may not be the most logical solution, but it is honest.
- Encourage Accountability. Start check-in’s early. Discuss consequences. Be open, honest, and direct about the idea that they can call you at any time for a ride, no questions asked. Of course, there will be a discussion later, but at that moment, their safety is the only thing that matters.
There are so many more resources available on the website, so please head over and look around. With proms and graduations coming up fast, it is more important than ever to have these vital conversations. And be sure to check out the Family Talk About Drinking Facebook page for even more ideas.
It all can start with a simple conversation, and the benefits can last a lifetime!
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How Will You Start The Conversation?