When to Have 'The Talk' about Underage Drinking

Because research shows 2nd and 3rd graders are starting to weigh the pro and cons of underage drinking, M.A.D.D., or Mothers Against Drunk Driving says age 8 is the time to have that first conversation about the dangers of underage drinking.  However, according to a new MADD/Nationwide Survey, one third of parents aren't having that talk until their children are in high school.

On April first, M.A.D.D. kicked off their 5th campaign which includes their new Power of Parents® handbook.  It's designed to help parents of middle schoolers open up a dialogue about the consequences of drinking or getting into a car with a friend who's been drinking. The timing of the campaign is not a coincidence, since spring brings prom season and graduation parties. A time when teens might find themselves in vulnerable situations and succumb to peer pressure. M.A.D.D. Connecticut is holding a parents workshop tomorrow (4/8/15) at East Shore Middle School in Milford at 7pm to talk about the subject. 

The 21 day campaign ends April 21st with PowerTalk 21® Day, when the organization encourages parents to talk to their children about the dangers of alcohol and drugs. Check out this link. It's where you can download the handbook, or find suggestions on how to answer your children's difficult questions and help them stay safe and make the right choice, to stay sober.


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