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.
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.