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If you’re like most American parents, you probably enjoy a drink now and then. As such, your kids probably know there are special drinks for grown-ups only — but that doesn’t mean they necessarily understand why. So next time they ask, “Is that grape juice, Mommy?” seize the opportunity to start a conversation about alcohol.
Parents are the number-one influencers in a child’s decision to drink — or not drink — so the more you can model healthy behavior, set clear expectations, and answer questions directly and openly, the better prepared he’ll be to say, “No,” when the time comes.
We know it isn’t easy, so in honor of Alcohol Awareness Month, Scholastic Parent & Child have teamed up with the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) and its #TalkEarly campaign to host a Twitter party dedicated to helping you get the conversation going. Child development expert Michele Borba, Ed.D., will be answering your questions live—and 20 participants will win a copy of her book, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions! (Click here for official rules) All the details are below, and we hope to see you there.
When: April 8, 2014, from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. EST
How: Use #TalkEarly to follow and join the conversation.
Participants: Along with Dr. Borba, 10 of the country’s top parenting bloggers will also be weighing in:
Leticia Barr: TechSavvyMama.com
Stacey Ferguson: JusticeFergie.com
Meagan Francis: TheHappiestHome.com
Jeannette Kaplun: HispanaGlobal.com
Adrian Kulp: DadorAlive.com
Fadra Nally: AllThingsFadra.com
Elena Sonnino: LiveDoGrow.com
Kristen Howerton: RageAgainstTheMiniVan.com
Ellen William and Erin Dymowski: SisterhoodofTheSensibleMoms.com
Check their #TalkEarly blogs at TalkEarly.org.