Picture this. You recently decided that it was important to talk to your teenager about the danger of alcohol. Your first conversation went well. Your teen shared some of their thoughts about drinking. You shared yours, and you talked with them about some of the consequences drugs and alcohol. You even talked about the long-term damages of such experimentation.
This is a great start, but it is only the beginning.
It is important to realize that one conversation is not enough. You don’t have to cover all the talking points included on this website at once. You will make a greater impact by talking often with your child. Check in with your teen often to make sure that they are still making wise decisions.
There are several opportunities that you can use as reminders for your teen.
Certain times of the year and events may prompt your teen to reconsider trying alcohol or drugs. Use the following list as a starting point to keep this as an ongoing conversation in your home.
Is your teen traveling somewhere with another family or a group? Make sure to speak with any parents or chaperones to confirm that no drinking will be allowed.
Prom is a popular time for teens to plan to go all out by dressing up and spending a night out on the town. Talk with your teen to make sure that they have a schedule for the night. Make sure any limousine service your teen may use will only stop at prearranged locations according to this schedule. Set a curfew for your teen, and let them know that you will be waiting for them when they get home to see how prom went.
Summer vacation or extended breaks from school
Any time your teen has a long vacation from school, they may be more likely to drink alcohol. Keep any alcohol that may be in your house locked up. Do not provide an opportunity for your teens to get into whatever you have. Encourage your teen to find a part-time job or join a sports leagues to stay busy with healthy activities.
High school graduation is a major milestone for teens. Remind your teen of that fact that now – more than ever – is a time to remain safe and sober as they pursue their future plans.
All of these events throughout the year are great times that you can continue conversations about alcohol with your teen. Make sure they feel prepared before each event to stay safe and sober.