For Parents

Alcohol & Parenting

As parents, we actually have more influence on our children than anyone or anything else, although we often erroneously feel powerless in the face of television, movies, our children’s peers and other parts of society.

Our children learn from observing our behavior and we are the most significant role models in their lives. Therefore, we need to:

  • Be good role models. We need to be living, day-to-day examples of good drinking behavior.
  • Reject “do as I say, not as I do.”If we abuse alcohol, we can’t expect our children not to follow in our footsteps when they begin to drink.
  • Convey appropriate attitudes. We should never laugh at intoxication or inappropriate behavior. We can use news events, TV episodes, movies, or personal events as opportunities to discuss what is appropriate and inappropriate behavior.

Just remember to never give up hope.  Keep being strong and seeking help.  It will be hard, but it will be worth it in the end.

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