With the holidays approaching many parents are concerned with checking off their gift shopping lists, decorating their homes and organizing and executing a holiday get together. What they often forget is to keep children in a safe environment. Holiday parties should not represent an increase in drug and alcohol usage around children. It is illegal to host any kind of alcoholic party for people under the age of 21. For adults, holiday parties are often associated with alcohol and casual drinking, but it is still crucial to make sure no child is participating in these activities and are not tempted to. It is also essential to maintain open communication, your child must understand the importance of staying away from drugs and alcohol under any circumstance. Parents can avoid these accidents with a few of the following tips:
For underage youth, it is necessary to monitor all temptations or options. With all the social activities that accompany the holiday season it is important to closely pay attention to the age of anyone who is consuming alcohol. A few tips can help avoid any mishaps:
During these holidays keep your children safe and away from the harms of drugs and alcohol. Establish house rules about teen drinking. When parents are clear on their “no alcohol” rules, their children are less likely to begin drinking. BE A GOOD ROLE MODEL. If you use alcohol, set a good example and drink responsibly, teach you’re kids good decision making skills. Adopting these tips will ensure a smooth sailing holiday season, it’ll help avoid issues and make room for all the joys of the season.
Source: The Courage to Speak Foundation