The Alcohol Facts Every Child Needs to Know

Talk to your kids about the risks of underage drinking. Join Parent & Child&s #TalkEarly Twitter party on April 8, 2014 at 8:30 p.m. ET.
By Elizabeth Shaw
Mar 24, 2014

Mar 24, 2014

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:
Stacey Ferguson:
Meagan Francis:
Jeannette Kaplun:
Adrian Kulp:
Fadra Nally:
Elena Sonnino:
Kristen Howerton:
Ellen William and Erin Dymowski:

Check their #TalkEarly blogs at

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