Parents are often confident that the important conversations they’ve had with their child about drugs and alcohol use stuck. But can you be sure that your teen actually learned what you want them to know?
FACT: An average of 21% of Randolph County students from grades 8-12 report that their family does not have “clear rules about alcohol and drug use.”
It is crucial that your teens understand that underage drinking is not allowed and that there are strict consequences for drinking. These need to be clear and reinforced from a young age – ideally between 8 and 10. The sooner you can get the message across the better.
FACT: An average of 7%of Randolph County students from grades 8-12 “believe that their parents think it’s acceptable for them to use alcohol (beer, wine, or hard liquor) regularly.”
To ensure your teens recognize the consequences, it is beneficial to write the rules down and have your kids sign that they have read and understand them. While this may seem extreme, but it in fact helps reinforce the point.
Finally, you need to be consistent in your application of the rules. If you catch your teen drinking, it is important that the consequences be carried out in full.