Navigating the Holiday

Talking to Your Kids About Drugs and Alcohol

“The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends talking to kids about underage drinking as early as age 9. Research shows kids are making up their minds about alcohol between the ages of 9 to 13.”

As the holiday season approaches, joy can sometimes be overrun by stress and concern for our children. Here are a few suggestions to help your families:

Reaffirming Family Values and Expectations
Start by reiterating your family’s core values and expectations. Emphasize the importance of making wise choices that align with these values. Encourage them to have a plan for difficult situations and assure them that it is acceptable to say “no” to peer pressures.

Reconnecting with Each Child Individually
The holiday season is an ideal time to reconnect with each child individually. Set aside dedicated time for heart-to-heart conversations. Create a safe, judgment-free space for them to express their thoughts, concerns, and experiences. By understanding their perspectives, you can tailor your discussions about drugs and alcohol to their specific circumstances.

Revisit How Often You Have Family Meals Together
Never underestimate the power of family meals! Sharing a meal encourages communication, fosters togetherness, and offers the ideal atmosphere for discussing essential topics. Strive for regular family meals where everyone can engage in meaningful conversations. By reaffirming family values, reconnecting individually, and prioritizing family meals, you can create a supportive environment for your children to navigate peer pressure, make informed choices, and strengthen family bonds. These conversations are not just about prevention; they are about empowering your children to lead healthy, responsible lives.

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