Alcohol and Other Drugs


Talking to your children about alcohol and other drugs

As you may know, talking to your child(ren) is important.  If you can, try taking a moment to speak with your child(ren) about alcohol and other drugs.
Talking with your child about alcohol and drugs can be difficult. However, keep in mind that you remain a key influence in your child's life and that the conversations you have are crucial for encouraging responsible decision making.  You may be nervous... but so are they!

Starting the conversation

1. Ask yourself some questions about the values and beliefs YOU have that relate to alcohol.

2. Listen to what your student has to say.  Ask him or her to share, thoughts, feelings, concerns and opinions with you.  For example, try asking your student questions like:

3. Communicate with your student. Use what he or she says to spark conversations and to convey some of your own feelings.  Set clear expectations and make sure that your student understands the reasons behind your expectations. Carefully state your opinions and avoid "door slammers" like:

4. Educate your student about the dangers of alcohol abuse.  For example, you may choose to:

5. Help your child to anticipate and prepare for new experiences related to alcohol that he or she may encounter at Skidmore.  For example, consider asking your student:

6. Encourage your student to join clubs and activities that interest him or her.  Studies show that involved students, and especially students who volunteer, are less likely to abuse alcohol and other drugs.  You can learn more about community service opportunities at Skidmore by clicking here.

7. Set a good example for your student.  Take a look at your own behaviors and conversations and make sure that you are showing them how to be a responsible adult in the presence of alcohol.

More questions you can ask: