6th-8th Grade Parent Newsletters and PowerTalk for Families
Keep Talking and Monitoring - Know the Risk Factors that Could Influence Underage Alcohol Use
In this issue we further develop on the conversation about the importance of monitoring and talking with your teens about the consequences of underage alcohol use. It is important that parents are not only informing their youth, but also themselves about the risk factors that could lead their teens toward the unhealthy decision to use alcohol. We explore this as well as ways parents can continue to be the strongest influence on their teens’ decision to make the healthy choice to not use alcohol, tobacco and other drugs..
Keep Monitoring - Help Teens Choose to Not Use Alcohol
It is important to continue the conversation about the monitoring and communicating with your teens about the consequences of underage alcohol use. Kids are curious, they know alcohol exists and it is up to parents to ensure students understand how alcohol can negatively impact their development and goals in life. Monitoring looks like many things. While in some instances it means looking for when things are amiss, other times it is looking for opportunities to support your teen’s growth and development. It is just as important to support your child when things are going right, so that they are aware that you notice and respond, as it is when things are not going as smoothly.
Monitoring & Developing Family Strategies to Keep Your Teen Safe from Alcohol
It is important to not only monitor, but also work with your teen to develop family strategies to keep them safe from underage drinking. Early adolescence is a time of immense and often very confusing changes for your teen, which makes it a challenging time for both your child and you. Staying connected with your teen and letting them know you are aware as well as understanding what it is like to be a teen can help you be close to your child. This in turn can ensure you have a positive influence on the choices that he or she makes – including the choice not to drink alcohol.
Monitoring & Setting Clear Expectations
It is important for parents to explore the idea of monitoring and communicating clear expectations with your teens when it comes to talking about not using alcohol. Find tips to help guide you to set clear expectations with your teen.
Fostering Productive Communication
Keep talking & keep them healthy. Students say that parents are their most reliable source when talking about the risks of underage alcohol use. It is important for parents to be informed on these issues in order to help their teens make informed and healthy decisions. Learn tips to help you get the conversation started.
Keep Talking They're Really Listening:
Parents are the most influential protective factor in their Children's lives. What parents say really DOES matter and your children really ARE listening. Especially when it comes to the vital topic of not using drugs and alcohol.
PowerTalk for Families
Family Talent Night
Each of us is an important part of our community. We each have talents and strengths that make us unique. We each use those talents and strengths to make a difference in our family, our school and our community. An important part of building resilience in our children is helping them to recognize their own strengths and determine how they can use them to make a difference in their world. Remind your child that you are there for support and guidance – and that it’s important to you that she or he is healthy and happy and makes safe choices. This can help make it easier to talk about tough subjects like not using alcohol.
Trusted Adults are Valuable
Developmental research shows that having one or more caring adults in a child’s life increases the likelihood that they will flourish and become productive adults themselves. In many cases, these caring adults are the child’s parents, but other relatives, neighbors, friends of parents, teachers, coaches, religious leaders, and others can play this role. Caring adults, like these, can provide another perspective and offer guidance and support. Having another adult in your world to not only support your child, but also you can help make it easier to discuss the negative impacts of alcohol with your teen.
Freaky Friday! Switch Roles With Your Parent
Research shows that resilient individuals report the presence of caring adults in their lives. Helping adolescents recognize, understand and appreciate those caring adults will help to build those resiliency skills. At times, parents and their adolescent children face conflict because they each feel misunderstood or underappreciated by the other. Use this PowerTalk for Families, to help switch roles with your teen to gain a better perspective. This will make it easier to discuss the negative effects of alcohol, and what that means in terms of mental and physical health, safety and making healthy decisions..
Strategies for Dealing with Stress
Our children have lots of stressors in their lives—school, grades, sports, friends, technology, lack of sleep. Unmanaged stress can be overwhelming and lead to anxiety-related illnesses. Taking the time to talk with and teach adolescents healthy ways to manage stress helps them to become emotionally healthy individuals. Emotionally healthy individuals are less likely to use alcohol as a coping tool. Talking about stress can make it easier to also talk about not using alcohol. Keep talking - they really are listening. Find tips to get you talking about dealing with stress in a healthy way.
Healthy Family Strategies
Healthy adolescents make healthy choices. The first step to a healthy future is having a healthy NOW. Research shows that adolescents that have a healthy lifestyle are less impulsive, less anxious, get better grades, have greater self-control and are more likely to make the healthy choices that will lead to a drug and alcohol-free future. Learn tips to get you talking about health in general, which in turn will make it easier to also talk about things like not using alcohol.
The Power of Positive Peer Influence
Peer behavior, both positive and negative, has a powerful influence on adolescent decision-making. When adolescents associate with positive social peers, they are more likely to engage in healthy behaviors and make responsible decisions. Talking about friendships/ relationships in general makes it easier to also talk about not using alcohol and the impact that underage drinking could have. Learn tips to help you talk with your teen about being a positive peer influence and making the healthy decision to not use alcohol.
Qualities of a True Friend
Adolescents’ decisions are often influenced by their peers. Unhealthy friendships can leave them vulnerable to risk taking and dangerous situations. Teens say their parents are often their most reliable source. In this edition, learn tips to help teach youth to recognize the qualities of true friendship. These qualities can empower them to choose healthier friendships and strengthen the skills that will help them to stay alcohol free. Talking about friendships/relationships can make easier to also talk about not using alcohol.