Help your son or daughter steer clear of the dangers of underage drinking with these five steps:
Step 1: Think of yourself as a coach
Your role in preventing underage drinking is similar to coaching. You can help your teen by
Step 2: Get busy communicating
Begin a series of conversations with your son or daughter—proactively, before he or she gets caught drinking—about how:
Step 3: Keep track of your teen
You need to know what your teen does after school, at night, and on weekends—and with whom.
Step 4: Show respect and caring
Your teen will respond better when you
Step 5: Be a positive role model
Your teen will be most receptive to your guidance if you lead by example and act responsibly.
For teens, alcohol is an illegal and dangerous drug.
That’s why parents need to enforce zero tolerance.
My two cents...........
I noticed that in this article they leave out a couple of important points. The first one was, that while they did a great job of talking about "teens" they forgot to mention the many "pre-teens" who have taken up drinking. I am certain that their main focus was driving age young people but unfortunetly many middle schoolers have drinking problems as well.It's Never too ealry to talk to your child about Drinking!! Secondly .........Don't HOST! I was shocked at the number of parents that allow nderage drinking in their home!! Remeber the number one rule of being a parent is ........ PARENT! They have enough friends. So be brave! Be Bold! Risk being disliked for awhile and Say NO!! I will continue to pray for you as you contine on the journey of raising a Christ centered teen!