A study came out this week showing that 7th graders who were exposed to alcohol ads - and liked them... were more likely to have problems with alcohol in high school.
Let's be honest; When was the last time you talked about alcohol ads with your kids? I don't mean in a "Wow, that was a cool ad they had on during the Super Bowl," kind of way. I mean in a, "Wow, they really make drinking alcohol look cool, don't they? But drinking alcohol can really get people into lots of trouble - let's talk about it" kind of way.
The response of parents is often either "Not my kid," or "I was wild when I was younger and I turned out OK, she'll be fine." My response to either one is this: What if you are wrong? Do you really want to take the chance?
Parents can make all the difference when it comes to preventing underage and dangerous drinking by their kids. Here are 5 things you can do:
#5 Don't Be Afraid To Ask For Help - Parenthood is really hard work, and all of us need help sometimes. If you are worried that your child may be using alcohol in risky ways, you don't need to handle it alone. There are people who can help, like your child's doctor, or school guidance counselor. Here at Turning Winds Academic Institute, we have a great program to help with adolescent substance abuse; that helps teens and their families through substance abuse problems.
Strategies for Parents to Prevent Underage Drinking [Video]
#4 Be An Involved Parent - Not a helicopter one - that's not good for anyone. But make sure you at least touch base every day. Go to the school open house and to teacher conferences and games and other events (volunteer to be a coach or chaperone). Support them in school and in other activities - the more successful they are in and out of school, the less likely they are to get into trouble with substance abuse.
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