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How to Talk to Teens

Some teens may try drinking alcohol before they are the legal drinking age of 19. As a parent, you are the number one influence on your child's choices in life, even when it comes to alcohol. Talking with them about your expectations can reduce the likelihood of harm.

Use this information to help guide conversations with your teen. 

 

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Hosting Safe Teen Parties

Hosting Safe Teen Parties

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Hosting a teen party? Even though teens are not yet drinking age, your teenager may ask or want to have alcohol at the party. As a parent, you can support your teen with planning and hosting a safe teen party.
Responsible Teen Driving

Responsible Teen Driving

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Getting a driver’s license is an exciting time for teenagers, giving them a new sense of independence. Talk to your teen about what it means to be a responsible driver.
The Risks of Teenage Drinking

The Risks of Teenage Drinking

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

There’s a difference between a teen that drinks alcohol and a teen with a drinking problem. Knowing the signs will help you understand your teens behaviour and how to talk to them.
Setting a Good Example for Your Teens

Setting a Good Example for Your Teens

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Parents are by far the biggest influence on their teens choices and behaviours, especially when it comes to using alcohol. Modelling low-risk drinking habits and healthy attitudes inside the home can protect teens from making unhealthy choices as they grow older.

A Guide for Teens and Alcohol

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Alcohol is popular. But drinking can be risky, especially for young people. Help your teen make safe, healthy decisions around alcohol use by talking to them about what alcohol is, what it does to our bodies, and the risks involved.

Explaining Alcohol to Teens

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Helping teens understand what happens to the body when drinking alcohol and the factors that influence intoxication can help guide them towards safe decisions. Use this information as a help guide a discussion.
Conversations That Teach Resilience: Teens

Conversations That Teach Resilience: Teens

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Resilience helps you cope with challenges, negative feelings, bad experiences, and move forward in the face of adversity. Having conversations that foster resilience will help prepare teenagers for life's challenges.
Safe Night Out for Teens

Safe Night Out for Teens

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Some teens may try drinking alcohol before they are the legal drinking age of 19. Here are some tips that can help your child make informed decisions to minimize the risk of alcohol-related harms to themselves and their friends.
How to Get Back on Track After Conflict

How to Get Back on Track After Conflict

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Conflicts can happen between parents and children, it’s normal and expected. Resorting the relationship after a conflict helps build a stronger relationship going forward. There are no magic formulas, but these tips can help.

If Your Teen Is Drinking…

March 31, 2015 by HealthyFamilies BC

Although the legal drinking age in BC is 19, some teens may try alcohol before they reach legal age. Finding out your teenager has been drinking or trying other drugs can be very unsettling. This information will help you talk to your teen about the situation better.

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