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I stumbled across this interesting article yesterday and it raises some really great ideas about what parents can do to help steer their kids away from alcohol: family rules. The rules included in the article were: 1) Make Family Dinner Non-Negotiable. // 2) Educate them and yourself about “scaring the crap out of you”. // 3) Do not condone alcohol or drug abuse directly or indirectly.

I really thought these family rules were worthwhile, especially when the writer discussed them in greater detail individually. I think I’d like to add several family rules to stick to in addition to the great ones above! (If you use these, feel free to add your own!)

4) Know your kid’s friends. // While this may seem self-explanatory to most of you, many parents do not know who their teens are hanging out with on a daily, weekly basis. It is absolutely imperative that you get to know your child’s friend group and if you do not approve of certain individuals for legitimate reasons, take a stand and talk with your child about your reasons for wanting them to disassociate with them.

5) Know your kid’s friends’ parents. // This is another big one that may seem “duh” to some parents and “whuh?” to others. Though your child may have a really classy friend, that friend’s parents might condone alcohol abuse when in their home. You need to know and be comfortable with a child’s parents before allowing your teen to spend time in the home of those parents. Know where your teen is hanging out!

6) Require your child to call/text you periodically throughout an evening away from home. // Depending on how much you feel you can trust your teen, this may be relaxed to a degree, but it is a good idea for you to establish an expectation that teens will communicate with you about their whereabouts and what they are doing when they are spending huge chunks of time away from home.

7) Require your child to participate in at least 1 extracurricular activity. // You don’t want to overload your child with too many extracurricular activities or they might become too stressed, but having 1 or 2 outside-of-school past times can be very healthy, social, and fun for your child. Consider sports, dance, martial arts, music lessons, or another activity that interests them.

I encourage you to read the original article. They make some very good points about the three rules they chose. What sorts of family rules does your household live by in an effort to keep your teens healthy and drug-free? Share with us!

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Celebrate Sobriety!

Posted: April 6, 2015 by cpmacartersville in alcohol awareness, Parents, Teens
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righttorefuseThere is NOTHING wrong with deciding to abstain from alcohol as a minor or adult. Perhaps alcoholism runs in your family. Maybe you’ve struggled with alcohol addiction in the past. Maybe you want to set a good example for people at risk. Whatever your reason for avoiding alcohol, sobriety is worth celebrating! Be honest about your reasons for refusing to drink. Be transparent and supportive to others who make the same choice or who are curious about it. If you are a minor, you should abstain from alcohol for a variety of health (and LEGAL) reasons. Make the best choice for your health and find alcohol-free methods for having fun!

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brainfunctionMany underage drinkers consume alcohol under the belief that it will bring them to life and make parties and other social gatherings “more fun”. The truth is, however, that alcohol is not a stimulating drug. It is a depressant. It suppresses the function of the central nervous system and causes your mental and physical faculties to become impaired while you’re under the influence. This is why it is so dangerous to drink and drive or drink around strangers or other people you don’t really know.

Consuming alcohol won’t necessarily make you “depressed” emotionally, but if you are already struggling with low moods and depression, consuming alcohol will certainly make it worse instead of better.

Know your alcohol facts. #rethinkthedrink

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I recently stumbled across an article discussing a teen who struggled with alcohol abuse fueled by a friend’s mother. Adults providing teens with alcohol is hardly a new thing, but it could become rarer if more adults would make responsible decisions to protect the teens in their lives.

If you’re an adult with teenage children or in a position of leadership over teens, make wise decisions. Don’t buy alcohol for underage youth. Don’t allow drinking parties in your homes. Talk to your teens about safe decisions regarding dangerous substances.

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it's okay not to drinkAlcohol is not required to have a terrific, fun, and romantic Valentine’s Day weekend! If you and your significant other are going out this weekend, find alcohol-free, safe ways to celebrate! If you’re single, but plan to hang out with friends, throw a party with alcohol-free beverages and great snacks! It’s okay not to drink and believe it or not, most of your friends aren’t drinking. Stay safe. Make wise choices! Have a great Valentine’s Day tomorrow!

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If you’re a teen, show your pledge to rethink the drink. Choose not to be an underage drinker! Show your pledge by joining our text back campaign!

TEENS: TEXT “PLEDGE” TO 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

PARENTS: TEXT ” PREVENT” to 25399 TO SHOW YOUR PLEDGE AND RECEIVE MONTHLY MESSAGES ABOUT THE DANGERS OF ALCOHOL!

We typically only send out 1 text a month. Help us show a positive light to students out there that the majority of their friends are NOT drinking!

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