Use clear “teaching” statements.
- “Drinking alcohol is for adults only.”
- “Underage drinking is against the law.”
- “When you are 21 years old you can make the decision.”
In our words and actions, be sure to not send mixed signals. Don’t apply different rules for different situations, or act in a way that doesn't match your previously stated rules.
- Consistently having the same rule about underage drinking, no matter the occasion or what you may be celebrating.
- Always be a role model for responsible drinking. As parents, it is important to be on the same page when it comes to your message about underage drinking.
Check for Understanding
Sometimes it’s not enough just to state the rules. In order to make sure that they’re sticking, follow up with questions to help gauge a child’s level of understanding.
- “When we talked before, what did we say about alcohol?”
- “How old do you have to be to drink?”
- “Is it okay for kids to drink alcohol?”