Here's A Resolution Every Parent Can Keep: Talk To Your Kids About Responsible Drinking

Here’s A Resolution Every Parent Can Keep: Talk To Your Kids About Responsible Drinking

Drinking With Kids
Deva Dalporto

Keeping New Year’s resolutions is basically impossible (almost as impossible as staying up till midnight on New Year’s Eve). Every year, I resolve to exercise. And I do! I exercise! For three days…and then my life gets crazy or the kids get sick or the laundry gets too overwhelming, and my workout resolution dies before I’ve even discovered I still have abs. And I know I’m not alone in this. It’s hard enough to keep resolutions before you’re a parent, but once you have kids…forgetaboutit. Parenting is so intense, so overwhelming, that it can be hard to find time for ourselves.

So this year, I’m making a new kind of resolution — one I can actually keep. I’m resolving to talk to my kids about responsible alcohol consumption. Research shows that parents have the biggest influence on their kid’s decision to drink — or not drink. Yes, believe it or not we have influence. Kids might act like they don’t listen to a word we say, but they are listening. And talking to your kids, as early as 6 years old, about making smart decisions about alcohol is the best way to prevent them from engaging in underage drinking. All it takes is a conversation, or 10, because really it’s an ongoing dialogue.

Join me, Responsibility.org, and a host of bloggers, and resolve to talk to your kids about alcohol. It’s a resolution we can all keep. Exercise be damned.

Now enjoy my look back at a year in parenting. If your year was anything like mine, you did a lot of laundry, cleaned a lot of messes, and ended the week with a (responsible) glass of wine. So cheers! Here’s hoping you stay up past 9 p.m. this New Year’s Eve.