Parents are the strongest influence in their child's life...
Talk, they hear you!
Action Plan - select whether you have a boy or a girl, type in their age, and check whether you have started to talk about underage drinking or not. It will give you a specific plan of what to say and how to say it.
Start the Talk - is like a video game that helps you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you’ll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol; learn the questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going.
We need your help to get the word out about the influence parents have, and remind parents that hosting underage drinking parties has legal and financial risks. Pick up and post a Parents Who Host yard sign now through the month of June, during prom and graduation season.
Even more ideas are in our latest newsletter, including links to answer some of the most asked questions regarding underage drinking!
Sign Pick-up Locations
Throughout the campaign:
- Emergency Services Building in Altoona
- Eau Claire City-County Health Department
- Any high school in Eau Claire County
- Chippewa Valley Easter Egg Hunt, April 4th starting at 9am, Carson Park in Eau Claire
- Xcel Energy Kids Expo, April 12th from 11am to 3pm, Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center
About the Parents Who Host campaign...
This national campaign was originally designed to make parents aware that hosting parties and serving alcohol to other people's kids was against the law, and could prove very costly. Fine amounts and potential liability are reasons given to help parents weigh the possible cost of hosting underage parties.
In Eau Claire County...
Locally we've moved the campaign beyond discussing just the legal issues and aim to inform parents about the important role they play in their son or daughter's decision about whether or not to drink.
The 7th Annual Parents Who Host Campaign in Eau Claire County has a theme of "Talk, They Hear You" and encourages parents to talk with their children about their disapproval of underage drinking.
Because 80% of kids aged 10-18 say their parents are the leading influence on their decision not to drink!
Other tools to start a conversation about your disapproval of underage drinking:
Parent Talk kit - provides info for parents and community members with tips for talking and what to say to prevent drug and alcohol abuse.
Parents Empowered - 3 ways to stay between your child and alcohol; bonding, boundaries, monitoring.
Power of Parents - a parent handbook for talking with teens about alcohol.
The Teen Brain - answers the question "Why do teens act this way?" by addressing brain development, behavior & the teen brain, and drugs & teen moods.
Talk about your decision to not allow underage drinking in your home or on your property, then show your commitment by joining the Parents Connecting Network. The network helps connect Eau Claire County parents who have made the same commitment you have.