Some parents also tell their children simply not to drink. They never get to the drinking and driving education, because they feel they have already told their child that consuming alcohol is not allowed. Some children will honor their parents wishes -- and never sip a drink. However, most will try alcohol at some point. The consequences are too risky to avoid educating your child on the dangers.
Even if your child doesn't drink, he could ride with someone who does.Make sure that these dangers are spelled out clearly for him.
MAKE A PACT
Making a pact with your child concerning drinking and driving is a great precaution. You can decide on the exact rules and wording of the pact. Here are some suggestions:
- If your child is at a party and has been drinking, he will never drive.He will call you for a ride home. It does not matter what time of night he calls. It does not matter if he told you he was at a friend's, and ended up at a party somewhere else.
- You will not yell, lecture, or give a guilt trip when you pick up your child. You will simply thank him for calling you. The next day you will discuss (not lecture, yell, or shame) what happened. You will then decide on an appropriate punishment, if one is warranted.
- Your child will never ride with anyone who has been drinking. This includes friends and friends' parents.
- Your child can count on you to agree to all the terms of the pact, if he will as well.
Once you have established the rules, type out a pact. Your pact should include all the rules written in specific terms. Both you and your child should sign and date the pact. Store it away in a safe place.