During a child’s elementary school years there’s a “sweet spot” from ages 8–11 when they can comprehend a complex issue like underage drinking and be open to your input and guidance. Helping them form the right attitude toward alcohol takes patience and repetition. But starting at an early age can help them stay on the right path later in life.
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Why and How Early
To prevent underage drinking, timing is everything. Share the facts with your kids early on so they know why and how to keep away from the harm alcohol can cause.
It doesn’t take much time or effort to turn everyday activities and interactions with your child into opportunities to keep them safe from underage drinking.
Tips to Start the Conversation
Check out some idea starters for how to spark dialogue with your child about alcohol. You’ll soon be coming up with many of your own.