If you are a parent or thinking about becoming one, the chances are high that you are concerned about how you will talk to your kids about “riskier” aspects of life. Besides talking about education, romance, and much more, you will eventually have to approach touchier subjects like substance abuse and addiction, although you probably wish (deep down) you didn’t have to. True, approaching this subject with a juvenile audience is not exactly an easy task, is it? After all, children pretty much copy whatever they see and hear, so you always need to be a good example for your little ones. So how do you have the “big talk” about alcohol with your kids? Let’s take a closer look at some simple facts and find out.
Timing Is Everything
Obviously, you do not want to start talking about alcohol with your teen as they are about to march out the front door. Likewise, speaking about alcoholism and abuse is not a good way to tuck them into bed. So what is the best time to tell them about booze? Overall, the best thing to consider is this: do not reserve the “big talk” to one, drawn-out conversation. Be ready to answer questions if they approach you and find the right moment to sit down and talk with them.
Set the Tone
Above all else, do not lecture your kids. Likewise, do not make the conversation 100% about you. Give them a chance to talk about this issue and ask all the right questions. Make it a mutual conversation instead of a college seminar.
Send the Right Message
If you feel like the moment is right to tell them about alcohol, use a movie or a TV series (or even a book) as an example of how dangerous this substance can be. Also, do not be afraid to bring up your past with alcohol or share the story of a friend or family member who indulged too much. When you add shock value, you can get the message across. Always use the right trigger, though.
Always remember that alcohol does not have control over your life. You do. Are you suffering from a substance use disorder or a severe form of addiction? Do you have a friend or family member suffering from one or more of these debilitating illnesses? If you do, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our counselors and healthcare experts are ready to walk you through every step of the detox and withdrawal process and rehabilitation and guide you towards living a happier, healthier, and freer lifestyle. While the road to recovery might not be an easy road to travel, we promise to help you every step of the way. Take the first step to stay fit, healthy, and safe.
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