When Is the Best Time to Talk to Your Kids About Alcohol? NOW!

By Heidi

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My youngest son is 11 years old. We homeschool, so it’s often easy to think that we don’t have to talk to him about things like drugs, alcohol, and sex because he’s not exposed to these things at school. However, thinking that way is wrong! Somehow – whether it’s at church, a sporting event, or something seen or heard on TV or out and about – he hears about these things. And, whether we always know it or not, he has questions. So, I like to try to keep the lines of communication open and I like to be well-prepared with answers for him when he asks. (Trust me, he’s caught me off guard on more than one occasion!)

Lately, I’ve been thinking of ways to breach the subject of underage drinking with him. We are not heavy drinkers in this house. My husband never takes a drink. But, my oldest daughter and I do enjoy an occasional drink of wine in the evenings, so there’s definitely opportunity to talk about …read more

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