Talking to your kids about alcohol can be mixed with fun family activities

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. It’s the perfect time to start a conversation with your children about alcohol. Take the time, make the effort, and use the sources of strength that are surrounding you. Family support + healthy activities will get the ball rolling.

Teaching your children about the dangers of under-age drinking is an important step in raising responsible tweens & teenagers. Short, frequent discussions can have a real impact on your child’s decisions about alcohol. Family support and communication is key.

Conversation and family activities can go hand in hand. Plan something fun for the whole family. There are always a variety of healthy activities available. Play a board game, watch a movie, help them with their homework, TAKE A WALK! Here are some links to loads of online fun:

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And remember, what you do is as important as what you say. Setting a good example by not drinking or simply drinking responsibly shows that you practice what you preach. What you do impacts your child more than you might think. Children watch parents and form habits by what they see every day at home.

For more information on talking to your kids about alcohol, click here. Other good resources can be found at www.samhsa.gov/underage-drinking/parent-resources.

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