Your child looks up to you. They know you have their best interests in mind. Regardless of what it may seem sometimes, they do listen to what you have to say. And that puts you in the driver seat as the person having the most influence on them with regard to alcohol and underage drinking.
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No one has the power that you do to guide your child away from alcohol. What you say, think and do is a key factor in whether or not they try or drink alcohol.
Setting an Example
Children frequently pattern their behaviors based on what they see their parents do. Make sure you’re sending the right message when they observe you drinking alcohol.
What’s Your Parenting Style?
There’s no “one size fits all” approach to talking with kids about alcohol. Your approach should be custom-tailored to your child’s personality and your style of parenting.
Alcohol in the Home
If kids don’t have access to alcohol, they can’t try or drink it. Securing the beer, wine and liquor kept in your home is a huge step toward preventing your kids from drinking underage.
Approach Prevention Positively
Staying positive will keep your kids more receptive to your messages about alcohol and underage drinking. Let them know how you’re looking out for their best interests.