MADD PowerTalk 21 Partners with STEPS

A Day to Start Talking and STOP Underage Drinking!

Power Talk 21 is a national day to reinforce parents to have conversations with their teens about underage drinking.  It’s when parents, kids and communities take positive steps to open communications and work together to end underage drinking. At the talk on April 17th, MADD will include in their discussion, local information pertaining to the Southington – Search Institute’s survey as well as briefly touching upon marijuana.

A Day to Start Talking and STOP Underage Drinking!

Power Talk 21 is a national day to reinforce parents to have conversations with their teens about underage drinking.  It’s when parents, kids and communities take positive steps to open communications and work together to end underage drinking. At the talk on April 17th, MADD will include in their discussion, local information pertaining to the Southington – Search Institute’s survey as well as briefly touching upon marijuana.

A few statistics that MADD finds concerning are:

1)  About one in three eighth graders has tried alcohol.

2) One in five teens binge drinks, yet only one in 100 parents think their kids binge drink.

3) Teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people a year, more than all illegal drugs combined.

4) Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and more than one out of three of those are alcohol-related.

5) Kids who start drinking young are seven times more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash.

***The most positive statistic  though — Nearly three out of four kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking, according to a Roper report.

Parents are a great influence on their children and that's why STEPS & MADD encourage you to talk to you teens about the dangers of underage drinking. We also encourage you to attend the Power Talk 21 on Tuesday April 17th at Strong Elementary School at 7pm.

Here are seven tips for connecting with your teen from MADD:

SHOW YOU CARE.

Tell your teens you love them and want them to be healthy and safe. Explain that’s why you need to talk together about the dangers of underage drinking.

DISCUSS RULES AND CONSEQUENCES.

Explain how you expect your son or daughter to act, and why.

Tell your teen plainly that you don’t want him or her drinking.

COMMUNICATE BEFORE A PROBLEM STARTS.

Have important discussions now, before there’s blaming, anger or punishments.

Agree on a time to start talking together about the dangers of alcohol.

ENFORCE CONSEQUENCES CONSISTENTLY.

If your teen breaks the rules, stay calm and enforce the consequences.

PAY ATTENTION.

Even when life gets hectic, take time out to listen to your teen.

Monitor where your teen is and what your teen is doing, consistently.

SHARE FAMILY ACTIVITIES.

Have dinner together at least three times a week.

GIVE AND GET RESPECT.

When your teen talks to you, listen and reply respectfully.

Insist that your teen treat you with respect, too.