I’ve put this post off for two days. I’ve experimented with
numerous approaches to address preventing alcohol abuse/ underage drinking.
I’d come up with all sorts of weak intros:
“It’s a funny thing drinking.”
“Movies with drunk people are funny. But being a drunk in real life is depressing.”
“I’ve been hearing a lot about Rehab these days.”
“So hey, um, did you know September is National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month? Yeah, weird, right?”
Suddenly, I had a bad feeling. I’m going to be one of those people who has to read a pamphlet about talking to my kids about alcohol. This destroys my self concept. I don’t even have kids, I don’t even drink so I don’t have drinking habits to make me feel hypocritical, but I can’t broach the subject of drinking to anonymous readers, ergo I'm one of "those" parents. Inept and ineffectual.
Then I remembered, my dad used to say “Don’t do
drugs” before I went out with friends. And
while this might have been a bit of a household joke, it got said. I also
recall my mom asking where I was going,
what I was doing and who I would be with before I was permitted to go. Fairly
simple. It’s helpful just to express expectations about alcohol and being
informed about your child’s life.
Check out Alcohol Free Children or Talk to Kids About Alcohol for additional suggestions. Read the tips, and get a little help saying something to your kids. If you think you child has symptoms of alcohol use, you may consult a doctor for health concerns and screening. Sorry I don’t have tips on bungling or cumbersome interaction.