Here’s some advice from one of our resident tween, teen and parenting experts, Dr. Jennifer Powell-Lunder Psy.D, to help you have The Alcohol Talk with your child. You can also write a question on the Ask page of this blog. Dr. JPL may answer your question on the blog and Q&A sections of this site to help other parents address similar issues with their children.

Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
Our teen told us her best friend has been drinking. She is really worried about her and so am I. How should I approach her parents?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Her Best Friend Is Drinking – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
I can’t supervise my teen 24/7 how do I make sure she is making the right decisions?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: I Can’t Supervise My Teen 24/7 – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
We noticed some alcohol bottles are missing at our home. We are pretty sure our son took them, how should we approach him?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Is My Teen Taking Alcohol From Our Home – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
Our daughter just got invited to a big holiday bash hosted by parents who are notorious for allowing underage drinking. She reports that all her friends are going. She has also promised she will not drink and additionally has sworn to call us if things there seem to be getting out of hand. We trust her, but not the parents in charge or the situation. What should we do?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: My Teen Was Invited to a Holiday Party – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:

Our teenage son, a college student, is coming home for the holidays. We think he is drinking at school. We don’t condone this but feel we have little control over his actions while he is at school. We do not however, want him drinking while he is at home. How should we handle the situation?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Our College Teen Is Home For The Holidays – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
Dear Dr. JPL: Is it good to let kids drink when they are still under age at home under the supervision of their parents? Does this promote or discourage responsible drinking as an adult?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Should I Let My Kids Drink at Home? – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
My son is 14 years old. His father, who is my ex-husband, was charged with a DUI. What are things I need to talk about with my son?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: My Ex Was Charged With a DUI – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
Many family celebrations, including births, birthdays, holidays, weddings, even funerals, tend to include serving alcohol for the adults as a way of “celebrating.” There is not an abuse of the alcohol, but it is a key ingredient in the celebration. How do you teach your children that alcohol is not a necessity to celebrate when their adult relatives and friends consistently send a different message?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Teaching Teens About Alcohol and Celebrations – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
My daughter is a graduating senior who will be heading off to college at the end of the summer. She recently came to me and told me her entire class has been invited to a BYOB graduation party at one of her classmate’s homes. I have already made it clear that she cannot bring alcohol (she’s only 18), but I am on the fence about whether we should allow her to attend at all. Your input would be much appreciated.

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Should My High School Graduate Attend a Grad Party With Alcohol? – Ask Dr. JPL


Question:

Dear Dr. JPL:
My teen is going off to college and I am aware that underage drinking will take place. How do I explain to her that while I don’t condone underage drinking, that I would like for her to be safe?

Read Dr. JPL’s answer here: Preparing Your Teen For College – Ask Dr. JPL