Have You Had the Talk? Family Talk About Drinking #ABFamilyTalk #IC

Anheuser-Busch Family Talk About Drinking

I participated in an Ambassador Program on behalf of Influence Central for Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Parenting a teen can be stressful, aggravating, and frightening…. but most of all it can be rewarding. Guiding two of my four children into young adulthood has been one of the most rewarding jobs I have ever had. But you cannot enter this stage of their life in autopilot.

During this parenting stage, young adults are transitioning through several different phases of their lives. From high school, to moving out (whether that’s college, the military, or the work force), to life after 21… parents should continually strive to be one of the strongest influences in their lives.

Parenting independent thinkers requires creating a parenting style to match. A focus on listening and creating accountability is a must. This method is the “Coach” approach — the most effective way to stay connected and extend your influence with your teen.

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During this life transition our children can (and are) faced with many choices and pressures. Drinking alcohol is one of them.

As parents, it’s up to us to set boundaries and expectations when it comes to underage drinking. With the proper approach, parents of teens can connect and create the right atmosphere for deeper, more meaningful conversations about alcohol and the risks of underage drinking during prom and high school graduation.

As with all aspects of your child’s life, parents are the greatest influence on teens’ decisions about drinking alcohol. Parents are not only roll models, but their child’s “coach”.

How to Connect with Your Teen

Find Windows of Opportunity to Talk— When you have a teenager the windows of opportunity to talk can open and close fast. Prom and graduation are a great time to start a conversation about underage drinking. Be sure to set clear boundaries and encourage good decision making.

Listen and respect their opinion – In turn, they’ll be much more likely to talk with you about the tough issues – like underage drinking.

Ask Open-Ended Questions – During prom and graduation season, be sure to ask open-ended questions to help your teen think through potential scenarios involving alcohol.

Encourage Accountability – In the busy time leading up to prom and graduation, a text is not enough. Encourage accountability and check in with a call.

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It’s a tough job, being the parent of a teen. Thankfully companies like Anheuser-Busch are here to help us. Anheuser-Busch’s Family Talk About Drinking Program helps parents by providing them with tips on having an open dialog about alcohol with their children of all ages. With their help we can coach our children through situations where they may encounter alcohol.

Family Talk About Drinking features tips and suggestions from certified educator and parent coach MJ Corcoran. Subjects like topics to discuss after graduation, setting prom expectations for your teen, saying no to alcohol on prom night and communicating with your high school graduate can all be found on this resourceful site.

It scares me to death to let my babies grow up. Allowing them to be responsible for themselves is easier, though, knowing that we have a great foundation beneath us of open conversations and years of my husband and I leading by example.

 

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Comments

  1. Kristen says:

    I thought it was interesting how they broke it down into different stages of parenting by the child’s age.

  2. Kristen says:

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  3. Lisa Brown says:

    I like the 4 tips for parents regarding the stages of parenting

  4. steve weber says:

    I like the different stages and what to say during those stages.

  5. Amanda Alvarado says:

    I learned there are 3 different stages for the type of talk you should have with your child!

  6. Mary Happymommy says:

    I learned children aged 8-13 need their parent to be a facilitator. My sons are ages 10 and 12.

  7. Mary Happymommy says:

    I entered your Watersavers and Hot Pursuit giveaways.

  8. mycraftingworld says:

    I like the stages… I have grandchildren with 20 years difference…. need to talk to each differently.

  9. shelly peterson says:

    I like that they have information on stages of teaching your children

  10. HS says:

    I learned about the stages of Parenting.

  11. Seyma Shabbir says:

    It has the stages of when you should discuss what with your children.

  12. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Entered KinderGlo!

  13. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Entered Hand on the mirror!

  14. Karrie says:

    I learned children aged 8-13 need their parent to be a facilitator

  15. Wendy R. says:

    I’ve always been very open with my kids about the topic of drinking. I think that the website has a lot of great resources for parents.

  16. I learned that MJ Corcoran is an educator and certified parent coach with over 25 years of experience. She received her parent coaching certification through the International Network for Children and Families, The Adler School for Professional Coaching, and The Academy for Family Coach Training.

  17. Natalie says:

    I like that it divides the stages of parenting up and explains each stage.

  18. Mary Happymommy says:

    I entered your Hand on the Mirror giveaway.

  19. Ellie Wright says:

    I find the different stages interesting. And such an important topic too.

  20. Kelly D says:

    I like that they break the parenting approach down into different stages depending on the age of the child.

  21. Ellie Wright says:

    I entered Watersavers and Hot Pursuit giveaways

  22. I learned there are 3 stages of the talk depending on childs age.

  23. I entered the KinderGlo giveaway

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  25. I learned two of my children are in the Facilitator stage and my youngest is in the Teacher stage.

  26. Jackie says:

    I learned that it’s important to listen with an open mind and an open heart.
    Thank you!

  27. Candice says:

    I liked how it defined different ages of kids, and explained parent’s roles for them.

  28. D Schmidt says:

    Visited and learned . Once a bond is formed, kids will be more likely to share drinking-related information as they grow.

  29. Holly Thomas says:

    I learned about the three stages, but kids learn by example, so make sure you are a good one!

  30. Terra Heck says:

    I learned that you should maintain consistency with expectations. Regardless of the occasion, stand firm with the expectations that you’ve already laid out for your teen. Prom is a once-in-a-lifetime event, but that shouldn’t mean changing your boundaries. Make sure your teens understand the dangers of underage drinking before heading to the after party. Thanks.
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  31. Amanda Sakovitz says:

    I learned the coaching stage is for teens/young adults ages 14-21

  32. heather eg kaufman says:

    I like that it breaks down stages on how to involve your children.

  33. Tara says:

    I like that it is broken into 3 stages.

  34. Thomas Murphy says:

    I like that it teaches you how to talk to kids about drinking.

  35. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I like how it teaches you how to start conversations about drinking.

  36. samantha ramos says:

    I love the information about talking to your kids at every age.

  37. Lauren says:

    I want to be aware of the different parenting stages.

  38. Sarah L says:

    Teach: Children aged 1-7 need their parent to be a teacher. Someone to explain and guide them through a complex world they don’t fully understand.
    Thanks for the contest.

  39. Adrienne gordon says:

    I learned they have different stages of teaching your children

  40. Ingrid Jackson says:

    I liked the fact that parents talk to their kids, not only about drinking but other things that could alter their lives.

  41. I learned that I am glad I don’t have to worry about that anymore!

  42. Geoff K says:

    I learned that Anheuser-Busch is working with MJ Corcoran, an educator and certified parent coach with over 25 years of experience.

  43. Jenna D says:

    From 14-21+, children develop a strong sense of self. Parents become the coach

  44. angela cunningham says:

    I like the stages

  45. Rebecca Orr says:

    We are in the facilitating stage with our son and I like that it gives steps and examples.

  46. LaTanya says:

    Most of the conversations with our kids involve listening with an agenda (Level 1 listening) or listening from your perspective (Level 2 listening).

  47. Katy S says:

    I like how it was broken up in stages and when it is appropriate to talk to your child

  48. Daniel M says:

    learned there are 3 stages of the talk

  49. Carolyn Benson says:

    I learned that we teach our kids by our example. My husband came from an alcoholic family and he quit drinking completely when our children were little. I always said that was the best thing he could have ever done for them. Teaching by example.

  50. heather s says:

    I learned about the stages of talking for parents

  51. Birdiebee says:

    I learned that there are 3 stages of parenting. The 2nd stage is for children aged 8-13 need their parent to be a facilitator. Someone to foster underage drinking conversations and help them process situations within the right context.

  52. Margaret Smith says:

    I learned that you should start talking to your kids at a young age about drinking and to set a good example

  53. Jackie says:

    I entered the Water Savers Giveaway

  54. Jackie says:

    I entered the The Hand On The Mirror Book giveaway

  55. Ann Fantom says:

    I learned that you should ask opened ended questions to initiate discussions with your teen about drink

  56. I guess I was lucky growing up going to a Christian private school. There I learned not to drink because my body is the Temple of the Holy Spirit. Drinking (and drugs) just desecrates the Temple. I taught this to my own children, and each and every six of them does not drink.

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  58. Ann Fantom says:

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  59. harolde says:

    I learned about the 3 stages of parenting, very interesting.

  60. David Fultner says:

    I like that is in three stages over a long time.

  61. Andrea Williams says:

    I love the three different stages and how they are defined. So happy that we have made it to the Coach stage!

  62. Gail Crawford says:

    To leave as much time as you can to talk abut drinking and driving.

  63. I like their tips for the different stages a parent goes through with their kids.

  64. Cynthia C says:

    I learned that older teens need a “coaching” approach that focuses on listening and creating accountability.

  65. Ashley C says:

    i really love the resources available there and how it breaks down the ways you should talk to and approach your child about the subject based on their age. I don’t think parents often think about changing the subject approach based on age. Its brilliant!

  66. Dawn Monroe says:

    I like how they explain the stages of parenting and teaching.

  67. nickie says:

    I learned the coaching stage is for teens/young adults ages 14-21

  68. Mary Cloud says:

    I learned that there are three different stages in a child’s life where you have to lead them in different ways

  69. Pamela Gurganus says:

    I really like all the quick parenting tips!

  70. Debbi Wellenstein says:

    I like the commonsense approach they take to underage drinking.

  71. Richard Hicks says:

    I liked all their advice particularly the stage 3 advice

  72. Denise S says:

    I learned the three stages of parenting: teaching, facilitating and coaching.

  73. Petra Huffmire says:

    I learned that Family Talk About Drinking is a supportive community that allows parents to learn new ideas, share stories, and ask questions about how best to tackle the problem of underage drinking.

  74. polly says:

    I learned you should establish clear boundries with your children about underage drinking

  75. polly says:

    I learned they have different stages of parenting depending on the kids age

  76. polly says:

    I entered the Kinderglo giveaway

  77. polly says:

    I entered the Vtech giveaway

  78. AmySd says:

    I like how there are 3 stages of the talk depending on child’s age.

  79. Cheryl says:

    I like the resources that are available at the site.

  80. Cheryl says:

    I also entered the Water Savers Prize Pack giveaway.

  81. I learned about the different stages of parenting and teaching.

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  82. Cheryl says:

    I also entered the iSODA Carbonated Soda Maker giveaway.

  83. kyl neusch says:

    about the stages of Parenting.

  84. Brittney House says:

    I learned about the stages of Parenting.

  85. vera says:

    I like the breakdown of the different stages of parenting.

  86. Robin says:

    I like how they broke down parenting into three different stages.

  87. Stephanie says:

    i learned about the stages of Parenting.

  88. I learned that one of the best things you can do is be a good example for your kids when it comes to alcohol consumption! I truly believe that!

  89. Susan Christy says:

    From ages 14-21+, children develop a strong sense of self. Now the parent’s role is to respect independence, stay involved, and coach them into being responsible young adults.

  90. I like that they give parents guidelines about what level of involvement kids need at different stages of development!

  91. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I like that it gives you tips on how to talk to your kids.

  92. I learned about the stages of parenting

  93. Danielle Marie says:

    i learned that Stage 2 is the Facilitator Ages 8-13

  94. Buddy Garrett says:

    I learned about the different stages of parenting and how to talk to your children at each stage.

  95. Mary Calabrese says:

    I like the different age groups breakdown on what to say.

  96. Pat B says:

    I like that the information is broken down into different age groups.

  97. Megan Scharlau says:

    I really like the three stages that the site defines in the parental relationship

  98. Pam H. says:

    I learned that Family Talk About Drinking is a program developed by certified parent coach MJ Corcoran and Anheuser-Busch.

  99. Cheryl B. says:

    I like the parenting stages information they provided.

  100. I learned that Talk About Drinking is designed to be a comprehensive program that gives parents the tools to help prevent underage drinking.

  101. Lisa V. says:

    Lucky for me, my daughter was wise enough to not drink and drive…wise enough to not drink at all (even as she is about to turn 30). However, all parents aren’t as lucky as I, so it’s good to know there are guidelines (even from a beer company) that a parent can use in discussing drinking and to act reponsibly.

  102. brandy c says:

    I learned they break down the parent rule into three stages depending on the child’s age.

  103. Richard Hicks says:

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  105. Claudia Davis says:

    Your kids need to know what the boundaries are and then the consequences of they overstep those boundaries.

  106. Claudia Davis says:
  107. Stephanie Larison says:

    I learned MJ Corcoran is an educator and certified parent coach with over 25 years of experience.

  108. Julie L says:

    I like the info about the stages; teacher, facilitator, and coach.

  109. Tammie Venne says:

    I like that they cover all age ranges, it is important to start educating as young as possible

  110. Susan Smith says:

    I like that they have information on stages of teaching your children.

  111. Michelle C says:

    I like the section about the different stages of parenting.

  112. Michelle C says:

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  113. shirley says:

    I learned enforcing clear rules about underage drinking will help teens make safe and responsible decisions about alcohol.

  114. Ingrid Jackson says:

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  115. Peter G says:

    4 tips for parents regarding the stages of parenting
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  116. Breanne says:

    I learned the Stages of Parenting.

  117. Aaron says:

    I learned that boundaries must be set, and what better time than prom.

  118. Kimmy Ripley says:

    The stages of parenting page was interesting.

  119. Michelle D says:

    I learned that “Family Talk About Drinking” is a program designed to help parents prevent underage drinking during multiple parenting stages of their child’s life.

  120. Samantha says:

    I like how it breaks the Stages of Parenting into 3 parts. This way you know where to start!

  121. Dawn Keenan says:

    I like that the information is laid out in stages. this really makes it easy to use.

  122. Charlene Kuser says:

    I like the BE R.E.A.L statement. Research proves that parents are a kid’s number one influence about alcohol.I agree with that an be an example for your children.

  123. Rosanne Morrison says:

    I learned that parenting is the greatest influence against underage drinking. I also think they learn by example. You can’t binge and party and not expect them to want to do the same thing.

  124. Tina Reynolds says:

    I like it has the three stages, I am in the first stage teaching

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  127. Alex Medina says:

    I liked learning the different stages. Also, I learned what to say during those stages.

  128. CharityS says:

    I learned that children aged 1-7 need their parent to be a teacher.

  129. Bryan E. says:

    Thank You for the giveaway… I think this is essential: “parents are the biggest influence on kids’ decisions about drinking…” —> For the past 20 years, the GFK Roper Youth Report has examined the influence parents have on their children. This year’s report shows a “24 percent increase in parents’ influence since 1991.”

  130. Sand says:

    I learned about the different stags of the talk . It’s so important, a family friend of mine lost her children due to a drunk driver.

  131. Trisha McKee says:

    I love how it gives the ages and what should be talked about at each stage.

  132. amy deeter says:

    somthing that i learned is that Children aged 1-7 need their parent to be a teacher

  133. Karrie says:

    I like the different stages and what to say during those stages

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