Talk to your teen about your expectations. A recent study showed that the majority of young people who chose not to drink alcohol did so because they didn’t want to let their parents down. We want our teens to make good decisions for themselves when we're not around. Even if we're not right there to keep a watchful eye, we can still be the voice inside their head. If they’re about to do something that they know you wouldn’t want them to, they’ll likely hear you saying, “Wipe your feet on the mat”, “Don’t get in that car” or “Make choices that you’re proud of”.
Sometimes bad things happen at parties, but good things can happen for teens at parties too. Things like friendships, great new dance moves and feeling like their parents trust them. Trust us, it’s worth talking to your kids about how to have fun without needing to drink.