For Parents

Parents,

While your students are now on their own, you still have ways to encourage them to make choices that keep them healthy and ensure a fun and safe time.

For example, talking about alcohol is not as difficult as you may think. Students are most receptive when parents use a non-judgmental tone and ask questions that help the student reflect on their choices (e.g., “What’s your plan for getting to and from the party?” vs. “Make sure you have a designated driver.” Or “What happens to students if they are caught drinking?” vs. “You know you’ll get into a lot of trouble if you’re caught.”).

As you may have experienced, “lectures” tend to shut down communication. So, use questions to help students think and problem-solve out loud about how they plan to handle drinking at college.

Some conversation-starters include:

If you want to have an in-depth conversation about alcohol use, check out the “Talking to others about their alcohol use” page.

Upcoming Events

<< Jul 2014 >>
SMTWTFS
29 30 1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31 1 2