“I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.”
As a high school teacher for over twenty years, I wanted to participate in this blog campaign because I’ve taught students who died because of their own drinking or because of being in a car with someone who’s drunk or being hit by someone drinking. Kids at every grade level, freshmen just entering high school, seniors on the verge of graduation…robbed of opportunity by disability or death.
What’s enraged me even more than kids drinking are the parents who provide the alcohol for them. Their rationale? “Well, they’re going to drink anyway. I’d rather them drink here where I can watch them.” Really? Where you can watch them get drunk, then attend prom in a limo where there’s more alcohol? If they’re going to engage in sex “anyway,” will you let them do that at your house as well?
I live close to New Orleans, and some students think that getting smashed on Bourbon Street is a rite of passage. For far too many, it’s followed by the last rites.
Check out these sites, don’t be afraid to be honest with your kids. Take a stand to shape a generation, not bury one.
- MADD Blog: http://maddparents.blogspot.com/
- Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/maddparents
- Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/MADDs-Power-of-Parents-Its-your-influence/131838435851
- Safety Quiz: http://www.madd.org/parents/highschool-drinking2.html
- Support 21 Survey: http://support.madd.org/support21
Roughly 6,000 people will die this year in direct correlation with underage drinking—a statistic that can be greatly reduced with parental intervention.
Underage drinking has emerged as the number one youth drug problem. By being an informed, caring parent you can strongly impact your teens decisions regarding alcohol. In fact, 74% of kids will turn to their parents for guidance on drinking. And research shows that as moms we are the number one influencers in dealing with this issue. For teens, alcohol is an illegal drug—and a zero tolerance policy is the best policy to have as a parent.
On October 27th, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) will be launching The Power of Parents: It’s Your Influence (www.thepowerofparents.org). This program has been designed to help provide us as parents with key tips, information, and tools to help us at home reach our teens and communicate the real life danger of underage alcohol use.