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Underage Drinking

How, When and What to Talk About When You Talk About Underage Drinking

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 11.06.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Karen Soren

Many of the parents I know, both professionally and personally, tell me that that they know they should be talking to their teens about underage drink...

Kids in Crisis: If Drinking Is a Rite of Passage, Conversation Should Be Too

Katherine Du | Posted 10.07.2015 | Teen
Katherine Du

"People think it's a rite of passage that all kids are going to drink and experiment. That may be so, but the risk isn't taken out of it," said Denise Qualey, the Managing Director of Crisis and Clinical Services at Kids in Crisis.

The Graduation Party Conversation You Need To Have With Your Teen

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 06.03.2015 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

Every year, I hear stories of graduation party accidents and parental arrests for providing alcohol, and many could have been avoided by having direct conversations and setting clear expectations beforehand.

When To Talk To Your Children About Alcohol

Jennifer Breheny Wallace | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Breheny Wallace

Their eyes widened like they'd just been let in on a huge adult secret. Did I say too much? Just when is the right time to talk about alcohol with your children?

Our Children Are Being Harmed - Should We Stand Idly by?

Ari Hart | Posted 06.01.2015 | Religion
Ari Hart

In an fascinating experiment, undercover investigators from the New York State Liquor Authority visited almost 1000 NYC stores in 2014 to test whether they would sell to underage buyers. Shockingly, not 10%, not a quarter, not half, but almost 60% of NYC stores sold to underage buyers.

What the F Is Wrong With Parents Who Buy Booze for Their Kids?

Allison Hudson | Posted 05.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Allison Hudson

Parents need to provide teens with guidance and the proper tools to make good decisions, not a six-pack.

One Mom's Public Letter To Her Son About Drugs And Alcohol

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 06.29.2015 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

Parenting is a tough job, with few absolutes or clear solutions. When it comes to right and wrong, as a parent, you are entitled to state your case and reinforce the fact that when your adolescent child is away from your view, the decisions he makes are ultimately his responsibility.

A Conversation With My Tween About Drinking

Galit Breen | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Galit Breen

I was torn between wanting to parent her like I'd always be there to help her maneuver, and not tell her anything at all about drinking and alcohol and choices, and wanting to open her mind and pour my thoughts right into it. We didn't end up doing either one of these things.

Blurts of Wisdom for My Son, in Case He Should Ever Take a Drink

Peyton Price | Posted 06.15.2015 | Parents
Peyton Price

On the off chance that denial is ineffective, once in a while (immediately after listening to NPR), I blurt out my expectations for teenage behavior: "DO NOT EVER TRY HEROIN! IT CAN KILL YOU THE VERY FIRST TIME!"

It's Just A Sip

Betsy Brown Braun | Posted 06.01.2015 | Parents
Betsy Brown Braun

Allowing your underage child a sip of your wine or that last drop of your beer sends a small, but potent, message. It says a little taste of alcohol is OK. It is approval.

10 Times and Ways Parents Should Tattle

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We have all learned something about one of our kid's friends or one of our friend's kids that we are not sure what to do with.

Nothing Good Happens in the Woods

Tara Cousineau, PhD | Posted 03.07.2015 | Parents
Tara Cousineau, PhD

Here, "The Woods" is code for a teen hangout not far from the elementary school my girls attended. The spot has been around so long that many parents raised here reminisce about it, often over drinks.

Holiday Parties and the Hypocrisy Dilemma

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

The holidays can be a festive and celebratory time of year, but be mindful that alcohol consumption can send mixed messages or create confusion about drinking. So be prepared to set a positive example.

The Clever New Way TV Advertises Alcohol to Kids

Rebecca Jackson | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Rebecca Jackson

We know that children and teenagers are particularly susceptible to advertising. We are aware that they are easily influenced by peer pressure. We see that they have a self-image that is fragile and is still being molded. Parents, educators and advertising executives are all aware of these simple truths.

Teens, Parents and Alcohol: Tough Questions You Need to Answer

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 12.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

Rolled eyes, sullen silence or even outright denial; these are often the reactions parents encounter when they try to talk with their adolescent children about alcohol.

Preparing Your Teen for College: Talking About Alcohol

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 10.05.2014 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

The college years can be one of the most memorable periods in your teen's life, a time when your child will discover his/her own identity and forge lifelong friendships. It can be fun, yet there will be challenges; preparing him/her ahead of time can help ease this critical transition.

Why I Teach My Kids About Wine

Sharon Sevrens | Posted 09.21.2014 | Taste
Sharon Sevrens

How do you talk to your kids about drinking when they regularly see you enjoying a glass of wine with dinner?

This 'Party' Anthem Has A Message No One's Hearing

Jessica Chassin | Posted 09.10.2014 | Teen
Jessica Chassin

He relates to teenagers, expressing that he's been there and gave into peer pressure. He also uses his own life experience to explain not only that excessive drinking isn't cool, but also that it can lead you to a perilous and poisoning path. So why don't young people respect that?

'The Drunk Song' Understands Your Drinking Habits Too Well

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.18.2014 | College

If you've ever been drunk, or know someone who has, you'll be able to relate to Zoe Anne's hilariously accurate "The Drunk Song." Her upbeat melody, a...

Do Illegal Fraternities Have More Power Than Colleges?

The Huffington Post | Nina Friend | Posted 06.18.2014 | College

A fraternity at the University at Buffalo dumped a pledge at the door of a medical center after he started to convulse during a hazing incident, and t...

5 Tips to Help Parents With the Underage Drinking Conversation

Dr. Karen Soren | Posted 08.10.2014 | Parents
Dr. Karen Soren

Talking about alcohol with your children is never easy, but educating teens and then trusting them to make informed decisions is critical.

Stuck in the Middle with You: Parenting Your Teen After Graduation | Posted 08.02.2014 | Parents

Parenting an 18-year-old who is about to gain tremendous freedom and responsibility, but who is still living under your roof, can be understandably tumultuous.

California May Loosen Alcohol Laws For Underage Students

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 03.04.2014 | College

A new bill proposed in California would allow some underage students to taste alcohol, all in the name of academia. Students enrolled in brewing, v...

When No Means No, But Universities Don't Listen

Evelyn Lauer | Posted 04.28.2014 | Women
Evelyn Lauer

I said the words. I may have not said the words when he started kissing me, but I definitely said them when he pulled down my pants, when his arms twisted through mine and his feet spread my legs open, when I tried to push him off of me, when he ripped down my underwear.

Model the Behavior You Want to See

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 04.13.2014 | Parents
Dr. Tian Dayton

Many parents turn to professionals thinking that when their teen hears about the dangers of drug use from someone else, they will be swayed, but the truth is that usually, it's the parents' behavior that have much more impact on a teen's behavior.