As a Georgia DUI injury attorney, I applaud you for taking this step to start communicating with your teen about the dangers of drinking and driving. Parents have an important role in helping their children make safe and smart choices. Although teens will test their parents’ limits and ultimately make their own choices, they still are influenced by their parents’ guidance.
At some point, the majority of teens are influenced by their peers. They focus on what is happening in the present, and rebel from their parents. Teens often think nothing bad can happen to them. They may see a friend drink and determine that nothing bad has happened to that friend. This is why giving your teen statistics won’t necessarily convince him not to drink alcohol.
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), talking to teens about the dangers of drunk driving is a delicate issue. MADD recommends not to force advice on a teen, but to “explain you respect his or her decisions, but as a parent you care and would like to discuss the situation.” This way your child will not think you are controlling his decisions.
It is also critical that you bring up this type of conversation at the best time, not at the end of the day when your teen is tired. MADD suggests that you start off the conversation showing you are open-minded, and then ask your teen about his own experiences. It is best if you seek discussion rather than lecturing your child.
Research indicates that parents do make a difference, and that positive parenting can help empower a teen to avoid underage drinking. For more information, fill out the form on my website to request a free copy of my book, I Was Hit by a Drunk Driver: What Do I Do Next? The Guide for Victims of Georgia Drunk Driving Accidents.
If you have additional questions, or if your child was a victim of an Atlanta drunk driving accident, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at 770-HURT-999 or (866) 979-1629 for a free consultation today.