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Parenting your teen: parents have influence

Feb 01, 2017
SIMCOE MUSKOKA - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has partnered with employers in Simcoe and Muskoka to help raise awareness of the influence that parents have when it comes to their teens’ choices about alcohol or other drugs.

SIMCOE MUSKOKA - The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit has partnered with employers in Simcoe and Muskoka to help raise awareness of the influence that parents have when it comes to their teens’ choices about alcohol or other drugs.

Although friends play a big part in a teenager’s life, it is important to know that parents continue to have a great impact on their teen’s behaviour and choices.

Alcohol is the number one drug that teens use. Because the teen brain is still developing, it is especially susceptible to the harmful effects of alcohol. Not all teenagers drink alcohol, but when they do, they tend to overdrink or binge. This can increase the risk of hurting themselves or others.

“Teenagers who are aware their parents would be upset with them if they drank are less likely to drink,” says Kim Derdall, public health nurse with the health unit. “Connecting with employers has given us a great opportunity to reach out to parents in the workplace.”

Some of the workplaces participating include SCHOTT Gemtron Canada Corporation in Midland, Kubota Materials Canada Corporation in Orillia, the Barrie Public Library, the District of Muskoka, and Dr. Carolyn Bowman, Family Physician at West End Family Practice in Wasaga Beach.

Parents are still the biggest influence in their teen’s life, Derdall says. “Stay involved, talk to your teen, show an interest, provide guidance and structure, and let your teen know that you love them.”

“Talk early. Talk often. Talk about alcohol.”

Visit  www.smdhu.org/influence or call Health Connection weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at 705-721-7520 or 1-877-721-7520 for more tips and ideas.

 

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