Statistics are too shocking to ignore; teen alcohol use kills about 6,000 people a year, more than all other illegal drugs combined. Not only that, car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and more than one out of three of those are alcohol-related. And finally one that surprised me the most-one in five teens binge drinks, yet only one in 100 parents think their kids binge drinks.
Mothers Against Drunk Driving has programs and activities to prevent underage drinking, starting with the Power of Parents program sponsored by Nationwide Insurance. To help you get started, they have designated April 21st as PowerTalk 21® day. It's a day for parents, kids and communities can take positive steps to open communications using the Power of Parents program and work together to end underage drinking.
Since nearly three out of four kids say their parents are the leading influence on their decisions about drinking, MADD helps mothers like us put that influence to work by offering a research-based handbook for talking with teens about alcohol. I encourage you to download it here; I did!
As a social media savvy mom, I always know that your influence extends beyond your own home and to other mothers in need of resources like these. That's why I'm encouraging MomSelect members to share the MADD Power of Parents handbook with their friends, followers and readers in the days leading up to April 21st. I know that by starting this dialogue with each other, we'll be opening up the lines of communications in households across the country.
Disclosure: I was entered into a gift card contest from Mom Select in exchange for this post - nothing else was exchanged my views and opinions are solely mine.