GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOTV) The American Academy of Pediatrics recently released a study that found kids are experimenting with alcohol at a surprisingly young age. They suggest parents start having conversations about drinking with their kids as early as nine years old! Anthony from Wedgwood Christian Services says it may be difficult to get the conversation started, but it’s an important one to have.
Anthony says parents need to be intentional with their conversations and remember that kids do pay attention. A great way to get started is to look for teachable moments. For instance, if you’re watching a football game with your child and a commercial for alcohol comes on. Ask your child what he or she thinks the advertisement is trying to say and what alcohol does for people. Use examples or talk about an instance when your child may have seen negative effects of drug and alcohol use.
It’s important to start talking to your children when they’re still young because kids are exposed, hear about things, or start experimenting at a young age. Ask them what they’re hearing and seeing and have an ongoing conversation. Work your family values into the conversation so when they find themselves in the situation, they know what to do.