I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.
We’ve talked about the importance of communication and why you should start talking to you kids about drinking here. Now it’s time to reinforce those discussions.
You’ve spent years raising your kids to be good citizens, teaching them right from wrong; now they are heading out on their own. College, military or just getting their own place, off they go! Are they equipped with the tools they need to make good decisions? Do they know that moving out doesn’t mean they can abandon their responsibilities, family values or expectations from the law?
Hopefully, you’ve set clear expectations; after all, they are still your children. You must have taught them something great, they are moving in the right direction and the choices they have made have helped them along. Guess what? They are still going to need your guidance so keep those lines of communication open. Talk about what’s going on in their lives, make it a routine and download the Family Talk About Drinking Family Guide.
Anhueser-Busch is dedicated to providing parents with proven ways to talk to their children. For more than 20 years, they’ve offered the Family Talk About Drinking program to provide parents with helpful tips on having an open dialog about alcohol with their kids at any age. They’ve also committed more than $1 billion in responsibility programs to prevent underage drinking and drunk driving.
Sound good? Not good enough. They can’t do it alone. They need your help.
As parents, we need to teach our kids to make smart decisions when it comes to alcohol. I’ll be honest, when I got to college, I thought it was a free-for-all, having no parents meant having no rules. Right? Wrong. I learned the hard way, it’s not the way I want the kids in my life to learn.
My nephew is heading off to college in the fall, the best thing I can do for him is share my story. And I have. Sometimes it’s not easy admitting your mistakes, your illegal mistakes. It’s also not easy convincing them that you know best in some circumstances. But you do. Convince them, let them know there are alternatives to drinking, they can still have friends and be popular. They don’t have to participate in activities that they know are against your values, and theirs.
What do you say when they tell you “everyone does it” and since you did it, it’s okay for them to do it? Not “everyone” does it. And it wasn’t okay when I did it. Share your experiences, tell them how you feel, express your concern for them. Let them know how important this is – to their future.
My biggest fear is that irreversible choices will be made and the future as we’ve planned it will cease to be.
So what did my nephew say? He said he understands, he said he will not drink, he says he has the mental fortitude to resist the pressure he will face. I believe him, he’s a good kid. But can he do it? I hope so. I’ve talked, he’s listened; he’s talked, I’ve listened. It’s what we’re supposed to do. It’s what we have to do.
Although the Anheuser-Busch page provides great resources, like their beer, you have to be 21 to experience it. But you can share the Family Talk About Drinking Facebook page with your kids, there is some great information for everyone!
Do you have anyone going out on their own this year? What kind of conversations have you had with them about drinking?