Research suggests that one of the most important factors in healthy child development is a strong, open relationship with a parent. It is important to start talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs before they are exposed to them. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s “Talk. They Hear You.” Underage Drinking Prevention Campaign empowers parents and caregivers to talk with children early about alcohol and other drug use. Parents have a significant influence in their children’s decision to experiment with alcohol and other drugs. Although it may not seem like it, when parents talk about underage drinking and substance use, their children do hear them.
Some children as young as nine years old have already start viewing alcohol in a more positive way. It is never too early to talk to your children about alcohol and other drugs. If you are not sure where to start, just answer these three simple questions to get a plan that meets your needs. You’ll get a step-by-step guide with tips and advice on when to talk, how to talk, and other things you can do with your children. #WeTalked