Tips for the talk
- Pick your time. The car can be a great place and time for constructive conversations – they’re a captive audience and there’s also the benefit that they don’t have to be facing you.
- Be consistent in your own behaviour. It’s easier for teens to model their behaviour on positive role models when it’s consistent.
- Draw the line between adult activities and child activities. Don’t be afraid to let your child know that some things aren’t appropriate for teens. If you believe that drinking alcohol is only something that adults do, make sure they hear your views on the matter.
- Challenge unfounded statements. If your child tells you that ‘everyone else drinks’, ask them to provide proof.
- Challenge their beliefs. Be aware that teenagers are likely to want to drink alcohol believing it will help them fit in. They need to know they can fit in without drinking.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Your GP or local health professional is available for you and your teen.