Who To Involve In The Talk

Did You Know

Almost 71% of teens value their parents' opinion on drinking.

(Source: Representative national poll conducted by Research Now)

Who Should You Involve In The Alcohol Talk?

Sometimes, in the course of The Alcohol Talk, parents may find it helpful to bring in others who the child trusts, listens to, and even looks up to. These people may have more influence than a parent because the child may see them as less judgmental. For example, children may be more receptive to messages coming from an older sibling, an aunt or uncle, family friends, or even a sports team coach or person of faith. Having a network of family and friends looking out for the well-being of your child is not a replacement for parenting; rather, it provides additional resources to help make a greater positive impact on your child's behavior.

Tips

  • Know your child and what's important to him/her. This will help you determine who to involve from the family or community.
  • Non-parent influencers, such as siblings or coaches, are often seen as being less judgmental than parents. Children are often more willing to speak more openly with someone who they feel can't punish them.
  • Make sure you are consistent with who's involved in the conversation. If Mom typically handles the day-to-day conversations, but Dad handles the disciplinary talks, don't mix it up — it puts the child on edge and makes it harder for them to take The Alcohol Talk seriously.
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