excellent article from About.com/Alcoholism on
how to talk to your kids about alcohol.
- Be well informed. Have your facts straight before relaying information to your children.
- Make sure the information that you plan to offer is appropriate for your child's age and development.
- Start early. Children as young as 11 begin using alcohol.
- Set aside a family time when there are no other distractions. Initiate the conversation with your child.
- Communicate your "family policy" about taking drugs or drinking alcohol and give the reasons for the policy.
- Try to create a "open" atmosphere in which your children feel free to say what is on their minds.
- Listen carefully.
- Role play how to say "no" when offered drugs or alcohol.
- Be honest.
- Repeat the conversation as your children grow to emphasize your concern and to listen to their feelings.
- Student surveys indicate when parents listen to their children's feelings and concerns, their kids are more likely to stay drug-free
- If you suspect your child has a problem with drugs and alcohol, seek professional help immediately.
- Be a good example.
to establishing trust and confidence with
our children and teens.
instilling family values and reassuring
them that an open dialogue is always
available, are a major steps in dealing
with these sensitive issues.