Growing Up

I know growing up is a part of life that we cannot control but its something that I have dreaded for a few years now. I absolutely hate the fact that big J is getting older by the day and with that becomes a lot of stress and worry for me. First was the transition from junior school to senior school. I was so stressed out the summer before he went. Big J is very sensitive and not very street wise and you hear all sorts of stories about kids going to seniors and completely changing into little horrors. Luckily this hasn't happened in fact he has got so many lovely friends around him that I am quite confident that he will remain my sweet and innocent boy. Although I know there will be times when he may stray off the good boy path, I am ready for it. I was young once and I wasn't always an angel.

I recently came across this article about underage drinking and how important it is to talk to our children about this and also have some idea about what they are getting up to when we are not around.
It’s time to talk about underage drinking!

Understanding what teenagers are thinking is no easy task.  A recent study conducted by AB InBev UK, a popular drinks manufacturer, has shown that this is definitely the case when it comes to alcohol. 

The poll discovered that 39% of 11 – 15 year olds have tried alcohol at some point during their lives. However, on average, parents wrongly assume this figure to be 57%.  Surprisingly parents believe that 7 times more young people between the ages of 11 and 15 are drinking on one occasion or more every week. 

So why are these statistics important? 

First of all they identify that there is a shocking gap between what our children are actually up to and what many of us think they are doing. 

Secondly, they provide us with an insight that equips us for future conversations with our youngsters about the responsible drinking.

AB InBev UK is on a mission to ensure that parents are equipped with the knowledge they need to talk to their teenagers about responsible drinking.  This is why they have partnered with the Alcohol Education Trust (AET) since 2013 to assist parents in schools to communicate with their children 

AB InBev UK established the Family Talk UK Facebook page as a place where parents can do just that and learn from each other.

If you have a minute it would be great if you could visit the Facebook page especially if this is a matter that does concern you or maybe you are having to deal with at the moment 

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