The Power of Mothers: MADD
I have 3 boys, none of which are teenagers yet. However, I know plenty of parents out there with teenagers who have concerns about underage drinking. Underage drinking can affect me and my family as well, especially if an underage drinker who is driving crashes into us. There have been too many incidents of teenagers at parties, where alcohol is served. These teens shouldn’t be drinking alcohol, but are. Then it gets worse when they “think” they are safe to drive. Only a second’s delay on the road can change both their lives and others around them. How many times have you heard on the news that a family of 4 or a car filled with teenagers were killed by a drunk driver who was underage. Sometimes the drunk driver survives and has to live with that terrible decision for the rest of his or her life!!
Did you know that underage drinking has emerged as the number one youth drug problem? By being an informed parent and intervening with your teen, you can have a strong impact on his or her decisions regarding alcohol. 74% of kids will turn to their parents for guidance on drinking – wow! Plus, research shows that as moms, we are the number one influencers in dealing with this issue. Remember, alcohol is an illegal drug for teens, and we as parents will have the best policy if it’s a zero tolerance policy!
As mothers, we can intervene! On October 27th, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) launched The Power of Parents: It’s Your Influence. The program is designed to help parents with key tips, information, and tools to help us at home reach our teens and communicate the real life danger of underage alcohol use.
I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of MADD. A donation was made to MADD in my name to thank me for taking the time to participate.