BOTTOM LINE To help keep your child safe: • Start talking NOW. • Talk often. • Arrange opportunities to talk specifically about alcohol, but talk about other stuff too. • Read the parenting style summaries here and think about how your family communicates. • Set a family rule of no alcohol use before age 21. • Make sure your child knows the rules and the consequences. • Enforce consequences when rules are broken. • Help your child plan ahead. • LISTEN.
Download MADD’s parent handbook at madd.org/ powerofparents for more tips and strategies for having critical conversations with your child around alcohol and other drugs.
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