Taking a Stand as a Parent.

Have a plan, don’t wait for your kids to ask you question but be proactive. Engage with them and be honest. If you drank as a teenager, explain to them why you did and talk with them about the good and the bad times. Authenticity is essential and you may lose ground if you only share with them about your negative experiences. Find ways to share stories with them but be sure to point out that just because something was fun or is fun, that it doesn’t always mean that it is best choice. Remind your child that underage drinking is against the law and that there are good reasons for it.