Family Addiction Recovery: A Blog
7 Tips for Good Communication
1. Don’t be afraid to start the conversation.
Research has shown that parents who communicate zero-tolerance expectations around alcohol are much less likely to have children who drink excessively during college than parents who have permissive attitudes. Therefore, it’s OK to be a parent and take a stand—and not be “chummy” around this issue. It’s important that your child clearly understands where you stand, even if they might not agree with you. It’s your voice—and your words—that will replay in their head when they are faced with a tough situation around high-risk drinking. And they can use your message when they refuse to drink. In other words, it’s OK for you to be the “bad guy” if it helps your kid save face when he refuses a drink. Your message should be clear: no alcohol is best, and certainly not excessive amounts even when they are of legal age to drink.
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Timothy Harrington is passionate about helping family members of the addicted loved one awaken to their own power and purpose.