Talk to your kids about alcohol this holiday season

It’s that time of year again. Everyone is excited for Christmas and time at home for the holidays. There is no better time to talk to your child about alcohol.

It’s a small town and there isn’t always a lot for kids to do. Boredom will set in. You want them to know what they are up against before they take that first drink. Teaching them 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.

Next, plan something fun for the whole family. There are always a variety of healthy activities out there. Check your local event calendar for things to do this holiday break.

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 off activity they see everyday 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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