Many people decide to just let the school handle the important talks. It is a huge mistake. Children are often influenced by friends and people on television instead of the people who are supposed to be teaching them. You are the person who is supposed to handle all the important talks in your child’s life. The school is there to reinforce them not to be the only thing they hear. There are several reasons why you need to talk to your kids about alcohol. Here are some of them.
First off, security. Children and teens feel more secure and safe when they have rules. You need to set rules for them and tell them what you think about alcohol. When they have rules about alcohol, they will know that their parents love and care about them. Children may still get curious about it, but they will at least know that they have been taught about it and know what you think about it.
Children need to be taught about sex so they understand it and the same applies to alcohol. They need to be taught about the dangers of it and what happens when you drink alcohol. If you think that your child won’t know what alcohol is until you tell them you are seriously and dangerously wrong. Children know what alcohol is from the time they watch television or see a billboard. They also hear about it from friends or they see it at the grocery store. Just avoiding it isn’t going to make it go away for your child but it will make your child more interested. They will be more inclined to try it and discover what the thing mommy is trying to cover up is. It’s like trying to find a sister’s diary. They will want it even more.
Children don’t understand about how dangerous things can be. They know that it can be dangerous, but they will think that they are invincible and that what they do couldn’t possibly hurt them. You have to tell them how dangerous even trying it once can be. The younger they start trying things, they more likely they are to become addicted to it.
You need to teach your children how you feel about alcohol. They need to know what the laws are for your country and also what the rules are at home. They need to have the guidelines and ethics set up from the time they are really able to understand things, which is probably earlier than you think. Start young and slowly teach them more and more about alcohol and how you think about it.
Talk to your children about alcohol. You will seriously regret it if you don’t. Children will not understand or know the dangers about it. Yes they are taught about it in school, but children don’t always pay attention in school or think that their teacher is just telling them things because they have to so they don’t really believe her or think she’s weird so they ignore it completely. You are the parent and you need to be responsible for the things your child is taught. Make sure that you have a talk about alcohol with all of your children.