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Your influence as an educator and role model

Be aware of the importance of your influence as an educator and role model. Many parents believe their children – especially teenagers - are more influenced by their peer group while in fact, more than 70% of teens say their parents are the number one influence.

We recommend making use of some of the resources on our website. Remember, use what you feel comfortable with and adapt the advice to your own parenting style.  

Good communication is key

Start conversations about alcohol before your child becomes a teenager. The conversation will need to change as they get older. Check out Drinkaware’s advice or the Alcohol Education Trust and Family Lives for helpful suggestions on how to talk about alcohol with your child.

Reassure them it’s fine to say no to alcohol

Make sure you have clear ground rules you both agree on and stick to them

Talk to other parents and make sure they understand your stance on alcohol. Know where your children are on Friday and Saturday night in particular.

Do your research

The Alcohol Education Trust has really helpful tips on how to hold a great alcohol-free teen party as well as preparing for house parties at friends’ houses. Don’t forget to praise your teen when it all goes well!

If your teenager does get drunk, first and foremost make sure they are safe

And when they are sober, talk to them about the risks.

Lead by example

If you want to prevent your children drinking underage, you need to set a good example. If you are struggling to control your own drinking, there is support available.

As your child gets older, think about what you will say if they ask you for alcohol.

This will mean you don’t feel pressurised into giving your child alcohol when they tell you they are going to a house party that night and everyone else’s parents are giving them alcohol - which won’t be the case anyway! Some of the other tips here will help you think about what you will say, so you are not put ‘on the spot’ when the time comes.

Your influence as an educator and role model

Be aware of the importance of your influence as an educator and role model. Many parents believe their children – especially teenagers - are more influenced by their peer group while in fact, more than 70% of teens say their parents are the number one influence.

We recommend making use of some of the resources on our website. Remember, use what you feel comfortable with and adapt the advice to your own parenting style.