Parents are the strongest influence in their child's life...
Youth report that parents are the #1 influence whether they drink alcohol, yet sometimes parents maintain silence about this issue. Silence keeps kids from knowing what values their parents are committed to, and allows kids to draw their own conclusions. Begin by talking to your kids...
Ideas and resources for talking with your kids:
Start the Talk - an interactive tool to help you learn the do’s and don’ts of talking to your kids about underage drinking. Using avatars, you’ll practice bringing up the topic of alcohol with a teen; learn what questions to ask; and get ideas for keeping the conversation going long after the initial talk has ended.
Start Talking Now - provides info for parents and community members about the risks of underage drinking and proven ways we can help more teens.
How to Connect With Your Kids - provides easy to use guides and tips to help parents have ongoing conversations with their kids to keep them healthy and drug-free.
Your teens are listening. What are you saying? - an interactive info-graphic with facts and tips.
A Parent's Guide To the Teen Brain - answers to such questions as "Who is this kid?" "Why do teens act this way?" "What can you do?".
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.