Social Roundtable: House Rules

21 Days in Support of 21: Day 18

Yesterday we shared with you the importance of setting rules for big celebrations like prom and graduation and setting expectations early so your kids know where you stand on underage drinking. And now we want to hear from you!

Join the online social roundtable on our Facebook page, or on Twitter using #HouseRules, and share with us what rules have you established around alcohol and drinking before 21.

And make sure to download our parent handbook to help you start this lifesaving conversation about alcohol with your kids this week at the dinner table. Plus, when you download the handbook by April 21st you’ll be entered to win a $100 Shutterfly gift card to help your kids make lasting memories, as well as entered in the grand prize drawing for an Apple Watch Sport.

Family Talk Friday: Setting Rules for Big Celebrations

21 Days in Support of 21: Day 17

The science is clear about young people and alcohol: Early alcohol use puts the developing brain at risk and substantially increases the risk of addiction. In short, there is no safe level of alcohol use for children under the age of 21.

With big milestones for teens, like prom and graduation, happening this time of year it’s just as important as ever to make sure your rules and expectations for your kids about alcohol are clear.

MADD urges you to make the following agreements with your teen:

  • No drinking alcohol before age 21
  • No socializing in places where teens are drinking
  • No riding in a car with a driver who has had any amount of alcohol

Alcohol can seem so common and familiar that parents might forget how risky drinking is for young people. Alcohol kills more teens than all other illegal drugs combined. As a parent, don’t feel the pressure to give in and let your teen drink before the age of 21, even as a “rite of passage” at major events like prom and graduation. Consider this: kids whose parents allow them to drink at home drink more often and heavily outside the home. 

So before they head out to celebrate, discuss your position on alcohol with your son or daughter and talk about:

  • How you expect your teen will behave concerning alcohol
  • Why you take that position
  • Consequences you will enforce if the teen fails to live up to those expectations
  • Establishing consequences in advance appropriate to the violation

Also, make sure to help them figure out a plan that they can implement if they find themselves in a situation they shouldn’t be in. You can also talk to them about how to resist peer pressure by sharing our Power of You(th) teen booklet with them.

For more tips and tools to help you have this lifesaving conversation about alcohol with your kids , visit to download the Parent Handbook that’s right for you, and register for a free 15-minute virtual workshop held on April 21st, PowerTalk 21 Day. Every person who downloads the handbook or registers for the workshop between April 1st and April 21st will be entered to win one of several prizes—including a new Apple Watch Sport.

PowerTalk 21 Across the Country

On Saturday, April 4th, MADD Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Affiliate participated in the Annual South Jazz and Blues Festival, sponsored by University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Park Campus, in Long Beach, Mississippi. The all-day event had approximately 2,000 attendees. A MADD booth was set up to talk to visitors about underage drinking and promote PowerTalk 21, and underage drinking handouts and Power of Parents handbook were given out to parents.

MADD Connecticut kicked off PowerTalk 21 by talking to parents at Aetna Insurance on April 2nd about how to talk to their teens. While parents signed up to be part of Aetna’s walk team, MADD CT provided Power of Parents information. MADD CT then held its first Power of Parents workshop for the PTA of East Shore Middle School. Program Specialist Amber Monck talked to 20 parents about the tips, tools, and techniques for talking to their middle school aged children about the dangers of underage drinking. A few of the parents from this presentation were surprised that when they asked their children about alcohol that their children were already making decisions about drinking. Parents also responded by saying that they were planning on having conversations over the weekend with their children. Finally, MADD CT rounded off the week by tabling at the The Country School’s presentation on How to Raise a Drug Free Kid by Joseph Califano in Madison, CT. At this event, MADD CT was able to share Power of Parents information and answer questions from the audience.

Court Monitoring Project Specialists Asheba Brown and April Higgins  participated in Inspire Charter Academy’s career day on April 2nd in Baton Rouge.  They shared information on MADD’s court monitoring program with the 8th graders and how MADD uses the data collected by court monitors to help strengthening DWI laws. After career day, they were asked by the Principal to speak to the 8th grade students about the dangers of underage drinking and riding with persons that are impaired.

San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor and Bexar County District Attorney Nico LaHood announced their support for the Power of Parents® Mayors Challenge issued by MADD during an April 14 press conference. MADD South Texas Executive Director Gloria Vasquez led the event, and MADD Victim Advocate Stacey Bowling shared her personal story about the pain and suffering she has endured after being hit by a drunk driver when she was 17 years old.  Click here to read more about this event.

Take the PowerTalk 21 Pledge

21 Days in Support of 21: Day 16

With celebrations like prom and graduation on the horizon, it is important for parents to start the conversation now with their kids about alcohol—especially if they haven’t already. Data from a national survey of high school students shows that teens who receive a message from their parents that underage drinking is completely unacceptable are more than 80 percent less likely to drink than teens who receive other messages.

Because of this important information, we’re asking parents to make a pledge to send a clear message to their children through their words and their actions that underage drinking isn’t acceptable. Take the pledge now and share it on social media with other parents and ask them to follow suit.  Then let your child know how serious you take the issue and ask them to take the #ProtectUrSelfie pledge. 

Take the parent pledge now »

Winning Wednesday

21 Days in Support of 21: Day 15

Congratulations to Laurie Wanza, the week two prize winner! Laurie will receive a $60 Plated gift certificate.   

There is still time to enter this year’s 21 Days in Support of 21 promotion. Every person who downloads the handbook and/or registers for the virtual workshop this week, April 15 through April 21, will be entered to win a $100 Shutterfly gift card, as well as the grand prize of an Apple Watch Sport!

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