What an honor to be selected to come back to Washington DC and present at CADCA’s (Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America) National Leadership Forum! I presented with my friend and colleague Tammie Doebler from Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods Coalition, an expert in applying PCN in the field. Our session “Transforming Culture and Building Healthy Communities with Positive Community Norms” drew more than a hundred listeners, and it was great to connect with so many amazing national and local community leaders who are energized to learn how to apply the Science of the Positive in their communities.
The coalition has mailed out a local survey to parents and guardians of Lake of the Woods 7-12th graders. Your participation is important! The results of this survey will help our community find more ways to promote positive, healthy choices for your local youth, particularly when it comes to NOT using alcohol and other drugs. The survey should just take a few minutes of your time! Be watching your mailbox... ...
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A Parent's Guide to Prevent Underage Drinking [Part 7]
Foster Regular and Productive Communication about Underage Drinking
Offer empathy and compassion. Let your child know you understand. The teen years can be tough. Acknowledge that everyone struggles sometimes, but alcohol is not a useful or healthy way to cope with problems. Let your child know that he or she can trust you.
Remind your child that you are there for support and guidance – and that it’s important to you that she or he is healthy and happy and makes safe choices.
If there is a history of addiction or alcoholism in your family, then your child has a much greater risk of developing a problem. Be aware of this elevated risk and discuss it with your child regularly, as you would with any disease.
Keep an eye on how your child is coping. Does he or she seem withdrawn or uninterested in the usual activities? These are signs that your child might be hiding something or need some guidance.
As a parent, you cannot do it all. But, to remember to set clear expectations, enforce consequences and to keep conversation open are all important when it comes to communicating to your children about underage drinking.
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