5 Ways to Deal With Teens and Alcohol Over the Holidays
Yes, we all want to be merry around the holidays. We want to celebrate or forget the past year, hope for the best for the coming year and celebrate the holidays themselves. The last thing we want to bring to the proverbial holiday table is a dish of teen troubles. There is a lot of alcohol around during the holidays. The alcohol is often right near the soda or other drinks at get-togethers... or even near the milk in the fridge.
Yes, often, teens tell me that they get their alcohol at home. I am worried about teens having easier access to alcohol during the holidays and THAT leading to a number of problems including: car accidents, aggression, and bad judgment when making decisions, impulsive and reckless behavior and getting injured and/or overdosing.
So, what's a parent to do?
Holidays may be a time for you and your kids to celebrate and be merry, but it is certainly not a time to lower your guard and let the alcohol flow. Watch yourself and your kids. There are all kinds of wonderful ways to have fun without drinking to excess.
Have a happy, safe holiday season!
A Message for High School Seniors, and their Parents:
For seniors, June is senior prom, graduation and the beginning of summer party mode. Seniors look forward to this time of celebration as they prepare to depart school and look forward to new adventures. Unfortunately, these happy occasions sometimes involve underage drinking, and result in tragedies.
Did you know: Alcohol-fueled motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among 18 – 24 year olds.
Below are tips to keep your teens safe this Prom and Graduation season. Don’t take a chance. Make sure they are aware of what they should and shouldn't be doing.
You may say: Of course they know better.
When it comes right down to it, YOU are the adult and the parent, and as your kids get older, you have to assert your authority even more. No one ever promised it would be.
We love our children and it is our responsibility to protect them, in spite of themselves.
Teens get to thinking they are bulletproof. We need to CONSTANTLY remind them that they are not.
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