Parents, teachers, mentors, coaches – adults play a powerful role in helping teens make healthy choices. We know it’s not always easy to talk about tough topics and risky behaviors such as underage drinking. Watching these true stories from real teens can help you start a conversation with your own kids.
Watch these short videos and the five-part documentary, Parenting in the Age of Alcohol. You may want to watch by yourself first, and then ask your teen to watch with you. You’ll hear real kids sharing real stories – along with the latest research and information from experts.
How do you begin talking with your teen about the risks of underage drinking? Start by discussing the videos, and how you both felt about the stories. The suggested questions below can also help you start the conversation. And remember, listen more than you talk. Click here for a printable version of the discussion questions.
Teens need to know where you stand when it comes to underage drinking. Share your honest expectations and any family history of alcohol abuse. Teens often ask their parents about their own teenage behaviors; experts recommend that you keep self-disclosure to a minimum, and never glorify drinking. Simply tell your children that you remember how difficult making choices can be during the teenage years, and remind them of your expectations.