Disclosure: I was contacted by Mothers Against Drunk Driving to help reach parents to give them the tools they need to talk with their children about the dangers of underage drinking. Nationwide is the PowerTalk 21 national presenting sponsor, and the GM Foundation is the national supporting partner. No compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about the program.
April is know for different things...
April Showers, Autism Awareness, Earth Day, Jazz Appreciation, Child Abuse Prevention..
But did you know it is also Alcohol Awareness month?
Yup- it sure is.
With Spring Proms and graduation celebrations upon us, are your teens alcohol aware? What about your middle graders?
It's not something parents WANT to think about, but it is a REALITY!
April 21st is National Power Talk 21 Day.
It is a day for parents to sit down with their teens and start talking to them about the dangers of alcohol.
Parents are the number one influence on their children’s decisions about drinking. Shockingly, one in four middle school students have tried alcohol by the 8th grade. Yet teens are 80 percent LESS likely to drink alcohol, if parents deliver a clear "no alcohol before 21" message.So it is NOT too early to start talking about responsibility and alcohol.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) knows it is NOT an easy conversation to get started, so they want to help all of us parents to get the conversation started with out kids. MADD created the new Power of Parents handbook for parents of middle schoolers (grades 6-8) to equip them to have early, intentional and ongoing conversations about alcohol with their kids. The Power of Parents high school (grades 9-12) handbook helps evolve the conversation as children mature and their perceptions about alcohol change. Both books are FREE.
A MADD and Nationwide Survey showed that one-third of parents believe the ages they should start talking with their children about alcohol are 14-18, in high school. But, research shows children start weighing the pros and cons of underage drinking as early as age 8. As adults, we really don't think it starts this early. But for many kids, that is when they make their First Communion in church, and wine is deemed acceptable, but they can't make the jump between religious purpose versus recreational at that age. It's hard to believe, I know, but kids are so inundated with commercials and media ads nowadays, that I actually have started the 'no drinking until 21" conversation with Miss Grace when she was 7 1/2. And she goes to a Christian private school. So it doesn't matter how sheltered you keep them, their peers and the media have just as much influence sometimes as you do. Which is why parents NEED to take the upper hand, BEFORE peer pressure comes along, and teach their kids to say NO.
And when you download your digital copy of the Power of Parents Handbook , you will be entered to win weekly prizes, like the grand prize of a Apple Watch Sport! You can also register for a FREE 15 minute webinar on April 21st, for more help and tips!
A common misperception is that drugs are the leading harm when alcohol is still the NUMBER ONE drug of choice of youth, and underage drinking kills more people than all other illegal drugs combined.. So Get this Power of Parents Handbook TODAY and be ready to start the conversation with your kids on April 21st! I've got mine!