Two new studies show that kids who watch movies depicting alcohol consumption are more likely to begin drinking or binge drink. Here are some tips to keep kids sober:
1. Know the Number. Restrict the number of PG-13 flicks your tween can watch and R-rated movies your teen can see to three a week, even during the summer, advises James Sargent, M.D., a professor of pediatrics at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and an author of both studies. In my opinion, I would make that once or week or not at all.
2. Create Boundaries. Make it clear that booze at their age is against the rules and will not be tolorated. Know their friends and monitor what your tween and teens are doing. Let them know you are checking up on their activities and expect them to use good judgement.
3. Model Behavior. Enjoy the health benefits of alcohol. You must be the example and don't drink or over indulge in drinking in front of your children. Remember they will do what they see.