Believe it or not, teens still listen to their parents. In fact, kids usually listen to their parents more than anybody else, including their friends. In a recent survey on underage drinking, teens reported that parental disapproval is the number one reason they choose not to drink.
Around puberty, most children naturally begin to push away from their parents. It is a normal part of development. However, as a result, many parents feel they’ve suddenly lost the ability to influence their teenagers. Well, great news: That is not true. While parents may feel their teens are tuning them out and are no longer listening to their advice, their teenage children are reporting just the opposite. So, as a parent, keep talking; keep trying. You do make a difference!
Just talking with your kids about staying alcohol-free when there are constant pressures and opportunities to drink is not enough. You must stay actively involved in your child’s daily activities—and it isn’t easy. Your life is busier than ever before, and making the extra effort to keep close tabs on your teenager seems difficult. However, staying involved really will make a powerful difference in keeping your child alcohol- and addiction-free.
Underage drinking is a bigger problem than most parents think. It might seem impossible, but even your child could be at risk.