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Even If You Trust Your Teen, Do You Trust Drugs?

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Even If You Trust Your Teen, Do You Trust Drugs?

This is the sixth installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. This time we will tackle big, fat myth #7: My son/daughter is a good kid – I trust him/her to do the right thing when away from the family… Uh, oh.  Don’t fall into the trust trap.  The author, Adam Phillips said, “trust is a word we put too much trust in.” Being a good person does not mean you will make perfect decisions at every moment of your life. Your three year old...

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Kids Don’t Need To Practice Drinking For College

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Kids Don’t Need To Practice Drinking For College

This is the fifth installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. This time we will tackle big, fat myth #6: Teens need to practice drinking in high school so they learn their limits early and don’t go wild in college…   Heavy drinking in high school increases limits (tolerance) in a dangerous way and can prevent teens from developing the very skills necessary for an emotionally healthy adult life. High school students need to practice...

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Are European Teens Really More Responsible With Alcohol?

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Are European Teens Really More Responsible With Alcohol?

This is the fourth installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. This time we will tackle big, fat myth #5: If we were like the Europeans and introduced alcohol at a young age, kids would see it as no big deal and drink moderately… This is an intriguing idea and people like the sound of it.  The reality is that Europeans are the biggest drinkers in the galaxy and they have the world’s highest morbidity rate associated with alcohol.  Having...

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“Supervising” Drunk Teens Is Not Keeping Them Safe

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“Supervising” Drunk Teens Is Not Keeping Them Safe

This is the third installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. This time we will tackle big, fat myths #3 and #4: Since teens are going to drink no matter what we say, we might as well have them drink at our homes where we can keep an eye on them and take the car keys away.   Yikes!  This is not only a myth, but indeed a very dangerous belief system.  Taking care of the external physical landscape does not make the internal landscape of a vulnerable...

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Parental Expectations Most Important Factor In Child’s Decision to Drink Alcohol

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Parental Expectations Most Important Factor In Child’s Decision to Drink Alcohol

This is the second installment of a blog series that will dispel the 10 most common and stubborn myths parents believe about exposing children to alcohol. Big, fat myth #2: It is unrealistic to believe my child will never drink in high school or at least try it with friends.  It’s important that we don’t take on our teen’s worldview in the matter of substance use – kids need adults to have a different perspective than their peers in order to feel like someone is in charge.  Parents who see alcohol and other drug use as normal,...

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