Parent Tip #3
Talk to your teen often about your rules for underage drinking.
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Parent Tip #4
Check in with your teen about their plans and ask about alcohol.
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Parent Tip #5
Be up and ready at curfew; talk with your teen about their night.
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Parents are the #1 influence in their teens' lives. Students who think they will not be caught by their parents are 4 times as likely to drink.
Among students who think that they will probably not or definitely not be caught by their parents if they drink some alcohol, 46% had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 11% of students who think they probably will or definitely will be caught by their parents.
Students who don't believe their parents think it is wrong for them to drink are 2 times as likely to drink.
What's more, students who believe that their parents feel it is a little wrong or not wrong at all for the student to drink alcohol regularly, 63% had consumed alcohol in the past 30 days, compared with 26% of students who think their parents feel it is wrong or very wrong.
Check out PortlandPreventionTips.org and explore the resources below to learn more ways to promote a drug free environment for your child and their friends.
Resources for Parents of Young Adults
Our job as parents does not end when our kids are 18 or leave home for college or the "real-world". Young adulthood brings new challenges around alcohol and marijuana use. While our children continue to need parental support, the ways that we provide that guidance may change.
Table Talks give parents a comfortable, relaxed atmosphere to talk about underage drinking, share challenges and successes, learn new information, and get tips for preventing underage drinking. Based on the "Tupperware Party" model, each Table Talk is a small gathering held in a parent host's home or similarly comfortable community location and facilitated by someone trained by the 21 Reasons coalition. To learn more about hosting a Table Talk in your community, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Back to School: Transitions and Teens To help parents with transition periods, like kids going back to school, the Partnership at Drugfree.org offers a free download of "Transitions & Teens: A Guide for Parents". Click the link here to view it online.
“Parenting: A Community Resource” Hosted by our very own Jo Morrissey, “Parenting: A Community Resource” offers parents tips and strategies for approaching common challenges – including connecting with kids, setting boundaries and limits, and resolving conflicts. Current episodes cover these issues and more and discuss familiar scenarios with local experts. CTN partnered with Boys to Men, Center for Grieving Children, Kids’ First, Youth Alternatives/Ingraham, Real Life. Real Talk., LearningWorks, and 21 Reasons to bring this resource to our community.
Report An Underage Drinking Party In Portland text the keyword "GOTCHA" plus your message to 274637 (CRIMES). Parents and police both play a role in keeping youth safe from the risks of underage drinking! Click here for phone numbers of every police agency in Cumberland County. If you see or know of an underage drinking party, help stop it before it starts. Please report it to the police. Your anonymous tip may save a life.
A Message For Parents
A message for parents from former Maine Attorney General Steve Rowe, by Communities Promoting Health and Smith Atwood video services.