The summer months are when many tweens try alcohol or other drugs for the first time. Studies show that teens going to college often begin binge drinking the summer after they graduate high school. If your teen or tween has the summer off, it’s important to encourage them to stay busy with healthy summer activities.
- Remind your kids that you don’t want them using alcohol or other drugs, and that most kids in Sullivan County don’t use alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs.
- Make sure they know what your consequences will be if family rules are broken. Keep them realistic and stick to them.
- Use our Family Plan to talk through rules and consequences, and also what to do if your kids find themselves in an unsafe situation.
- Don’t be afraid to call parents or your kids to make sure rules are being followed. This alert parent may have saved teens from alcohol poisoning, sexual assault, or other serious consequences of underage drinking and drug use.
Encourage your teens and tweens to be active and involved, whether it’s through volunteer work, a fun program at their local library, or a summer sports league. Feeling like they matter in the community helps prevent youth – especially boys – from making dangerous decisions.