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Underage Drinking at Parties: Consequences for Teens

As your teen starts attending parties with their peers, starting the conversation to prevent them from succumbing to the peer pressure to drink alcohol should be a top priority for parents. Alcohol is the most widely abused substance by youth, and every year, underage drinking results in the death of 3,500 children under the age […]

10 Healthy Choices Your Teen Needs to See You Making

Parents are perhaps the most influential role models for their children. What you say and do, the healthy habits you practice, and the activities and relationships you prioritize will have a significant impact on your kid’s life and a major influence on children’s decision-making process. Consider a parent who chooses chips and soda over water […]

How Child-Rearing Shifts During the Teen Years

It seems like children change overnight from innocent, playful kids into tweens and teenagers experiencing hormonal shifts and questioning the complex world we live in. Parents are often nervous about navigating the parent-child relationship during those teen years when their children begin testing their independence and challenging or questioning authority. They’re maturing, and parents may […]

Teenage Drinking Statistics: Underage Drinking in America

Get ready to start the conversation with your children about underage drinking by beefing up your knowledge of some of the latest teenage drinking statistics among America’s youth. As kids mature, their natural inclination is to assert their independence and test boundaries. Arming them with the facts will make it less likely they will succumb […]

Parenting Teens: What Your Teen Needs From You Now

Admit it: Parenting is hard. It doesn’t get easier as your kids get older; it just changes. As your child grows and develops, so do your parenting skills. And the same set of skills you used to potty train your toddler won’t necessarily apply during the teen years. In many ways, parenting teens is the […]

How Parents Can Discourage Teenage Drunk Driving

Parents need to take the wheel when it comes to teenage impaired driving because your child’s life depends on it. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Experts also say that 15 percent of those deadly crashes […]

Is Inhaling Alcohol Dangerous? The Sobering Facts

Teens have a knack for finding various ways to get intoxicated. That’s why it’s important for parents to talk to their kids about alcohol and drugs and to keep the lines of communication open. If you talk to your kids, you can help them avoid underage drinking and the dangerous consequences of risky behavior. A […]

Why Do Teens Drink Alcohol?

Why do teens drink alcohol? The answer may seem obvious, but there is a lot more that goes into the decision to drink underage than you may think. In addition to social factors such as peer pressure, there are also a host of other factors and circumstances that contribute to teenage drinking. Learn more about […]

Drinking and Driving: The Right Message for the Right Age

Talking to your kids about drinking and driving should start long before they ever get behind the wheel of a car. The goal should be to give kids the facts and educate them, so they’ll make the right choices as they get older. Your message will evolve as your child is growing up. When they’re […]

Legal Drinking Age: Is It Ever Legal for Minors to Drink?

“Just a sip.” How many parents have said this to their children? It might seem harmless, but there is a legal drinking age for a reason. Don’t let the temptation to be a “cool parent” lead you to make bad decisions when it comes to underage drinking. Allowing children to consume alcohol before they reach […]