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How To Talk To Your Children About Alcohol - An Informative How To Guide


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We know that parents have the strongest influence on whether their children will start using alcohol. They need to have direct conversations with their children before they are offered alcohol at a party and start drinking. If the conversation does not take place, then the parents cannot guide or influence the decisions of their children.
This interactive presentation gives parents the confidence they need to have direct conversations with their children. It will answer your questions and put you on the right path armed with the information needed to guide your children.

Please contact Chris Brown via e-mail at or by phone at 860-704-9325 or 203-685-7691 to get more information including rates and bring this presentation to your community.

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How To Talk To Your Children About Alcohol - An Informative How To Guide

  1. 1. Talking With Your Child About Alcohol Sponsored by Cheshire Coalition to Stop Underage Drinking Presented by Christopher Brown, School Psychologist, LPC May 25, 2010 – Cheshire Town Hall
  2. 2. Raising teenagers in the 21st century is more challenging than ever
  3. 3. All parents want to do the best they can to raise healthy teenagers
  4. 4. There are many forces that influence choices teenagers will make
  5. 5. Parents can have the strongest influence by starting direct conversations with their teens
  6. 6. Have confidence to speak directly with your teen
  7. 7. Teens rely on their parents for guidance about tough decisions
  8. 8. A clear message from parents reduced alcohol use by 500% for middle school students
  9. 9. Tell them how it impacts their body
  10. 10. Tell them about serious risks other than drunk driving
  11. 11. Be clear about your personal decisions regarding drinking
  12. 12. Clear rules and expectations are supportive and reduce confusion
  13. 13. Rules are for safety not for power or punishment
  14. 14. Be specific that alcohol use is not permitted
  15. 15. Let your teen’s friends and their parents know what your rules are
  16. 16. Consequences are needed and should be communicated clearly
  17. 17. Be logical to support future safety and health
  18. 18. Do not impose consequences harshly in a way that devalues your teen
  19. 19. Be sure both parents can follow through all the way
  20. 20. There are many forces that influence choices teenagers will make
  21. 21. Teens want you to have a close relationship with them
  22. 22. Teens love knowing that they can count on you
  23. 23. You can root for them
  24. 24. You can be consistent
  25. 25. Taking the time to have fun is important
  26. 26. You can be available
  27. 27. Simply listening without fixing problems goes a long way
  28. 28. Be interested in the new ideas and thoughts that only they can have
  29. 29. When you are interested in them they feel valued and proud
  30. 30. Teens appreciate your high expectations
  31. 31. Point out all the things they do well
  32. 32. Give them responsibilities they can accomplish
  33. 33. Being able to contribute builds pride and independence
  34. 34. Monitoring your teens fosters their independence and responsibility
  35. 35. Your monitoring helps them establish their own boundaries
  36. 36. Many forces threaten the health and decision-making of our teens
  37. 37. You can speak confidently with your teen about underage drinking
  38. 38. You can guide your teens to make decisions that reduce risks
  39. 39. Parents have the power – Start Talking Before They Start Drinking
  40. 40. More information is available at Send e-mail to [email_address] Start Talking Before They Start Drinking