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The Power of Parents: What You Need to Know and Do about Underage Drinking

bannerad300x250nwWhen it comes to drinking, there’s a big disconnect between what kids do and what parents think they do. For example, 1 in 6 teens binge drinks, but only 1 in 100 parents believes his or her child binge drinks. Many parents also are surprised to know how early children experiment with drinking; for example, about 30% of 8th graders have tried alcohol. But the good news is that what parents teach about alcohol really makes a difference. And MADD has the information and resources you need to give your child a strong, clear message about underage drinking. Tune into Marti & Erin’s informative and important discussion with Jennifer Freeburg, Minnesota’s Executive Director of MADD, and Firdaush Yasmin, a very impressive young volunteer and member of MADD’s Teen Influencer Group.


Whatever your children’s ages, what have you taught them about alcohol? What is the core message you give your children about the risks of underage drinking? What new information or practical tips did you gain from this Mom Enough discussion? Please leave a comment below!


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For tips on talking to your teen about alcohol, click here.

For an illustration of how to communicate that underage drinking is completely unacceptable, click here.

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  1. Jason on April 8, 2014

    Really nice show, I’m familiar with madd and the work they do is really great! Props to the teen influencer (is its firdaush yasmin or firdaush jasmin? I’m sorry, I’m not sure which, because I saw both ). But she did a great job being so fluent about the youth perspective! Always great to hear from the youth!

  2. Stacy on April 8, 2014

    Thank you for listening to our show and commenting, Jason! (We corrected the misspelling. Thanks, also, for letting us know about that.)

  3. Rita on April 11, 2014

    Wow this is so great, my two daughters are just about to go into high school and I’ve been really stressing over the whole drinking issue and how to go about bringing it up. I don’t want it to be me lecturing them but I was really worried that if the conversation wasn’t shaped like that, they wouldn’t take me seriously…?
    I’m so glad you guys had a youth perspective on this show, she was really helpful! It was of course great to hear from MADD’s executive director too, but I must say, I kept finding myself waiting to hear more from the teen influencer. I must say she was quite verbal about the mindset of our children, I would actually love to hear more from her, if that’s possible? It’s great to know that we as parents have a powerful influence over our kids, or at least more so than we credit ourselves to.