Small talks with teens about drinking
As a parent and a doctor, I know the importance of talking with kids early and often about alcohol. Small talks can occur at the dinner table, in the family room or even during the car ride to school or practice.
While you may think your kids are not listening, research shows parents have the greatest influence over a youth’s decision not to drink.
Make clear your views and expectations about alcohol and always be a responsible role model.
As your child matures, so should these discussions. Be mindful that most teens who drink get alcohol from their homes, at parties or from other adults. Keep track of the alcohol products in your home and be aware of your teen’s friends and activities.
Youth are more likely to avoid alcohol when they have a strong bond with their parents based on trust and open communication. So keep talking.
Farzanna S. Haffizulla, president, American Medical Women’s Association, Davie