Tis the season for gift giving and holiday cheer. It is a time when kitchens are full of wonderful smells and many homes are often stocked with alcohol for the festivities. The problem, underage drinking becomes harder to prevent. To keep your teen safe, and you out of trouble, we have a few suggestions.
Have a Conversation
It is a great time to remind your child of your expectations. Let them know that even if family members are allowing their teens to drink or possibly even offer one to them, you expect them to turn down the offer. The same goes with friends that might try to persuade them to have one.
Develop a Plan to Stay Safe
Discuss how you gracefully turn down an offer for a drink. Talk through suggestions so they feel comfortable saying “No”. Then, develop a plan to get them home safely if it should be needed.
Keep your alcohol in the safest place possible and know how much you have available. Empty out unfinished drinks. Keep a watchful eye on everyone that is underage at your parties. Have a plan for what you can say if someone underage is found to be drinking.
Be the Role Model
Make sure you know your own limits and stick to them. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t allow impaired family and friends to get behind the wheel of a car.
We hope spending a little time now focused on prevention will allow you to fully enjoy family and friends at your celebrations.
Wishing you all the best this holiday season!