As a mom to a pre-teen I have been thinking more and more about how to talk to her and all my kids at that about underage drinking and about drinking and driving.
I have always been really open with my kids about talking and alcohol is one that I think is extremely important to discuss with children and especially our teens!
I am going to tell you my story, one that I actually have not told many people because 1. I am embarrassed and 2. because I was a good kid in the wrong place and let peer pressure influence me. I was at a party when I was 17 and everyone was drinking. I had never drank before and I wanted to be “cool” biggest mistake of my life!
I had more shots of alcohol that I can remember and somehow I ended up in the ER. I received a ticket for public intoxication. And the grounding of a lifetime. I was beyond embarrassed to be that “kid to disappoint their parents” and I had to get a job to pay my ticket.
I thank God everyday that I didn’t decide to drive home, and that none of the other teens drinking drove anywhere. The sad thing is I knew better, but I did it anyway.
I have already started talking to my girls about alcohol. They see the adults around them drinking and I don’t want them to think that if we can do it they can too. I also am very big on drinking and driving with them. They have not seen the outcome of it, and I hope they never do.
April 21st is the day to talk to your kids about alcohol. You can visit PowerTalk 21 and download the Parent Handbook: Power of Parents that has great resources on how to talk to your children.
Talk to your children and do it often!!!
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April 21 is PowerTalk 21 Day – the national day for parents to talk with their teens about alcohol. Research shows parents are the biggest influence on teens’ decisions about alcohol. For more information, visit madd.org/powerofparents
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of MADD Texas. The opinions and text are all mine.