During the holidays, enjoy time to slow down from the normal hustle of school and work and reconnect with your teen.
While adolescents are establishing their independence they also desire close family relationships. Those relationships are critical for helping your teen decide not to use alcohol or other drugs.
Family traditions help give teens a sense of security and identity. The key is to be inclusive of their interests and be open to creating new traditions as your children grow out of old ones.
Spend time on shared activities your teen wants to participate in and family traditions important to them.
If alcohol is part of a family gathering, make sure it isn’t the focus and have plenty of alternative beverages.
Provide opportunities for your teen’s friends to hang out or participate in one of your traditions.
As a family, consider helping someone in need. It is a great way to have your teen focus on someone else and share your family values.
It doesn’t matter if your family decides to keep longstanding holiday traditions, invent new ones or do something in-between—flexibility and good communication with your children is key.