Growing Up Too Fast

Posted: February 28, 2013 in Uncategorized

Our kids are growing up too fast. It is a scary thing that childhood seems to be shorter and shorter these days. Our kids are growing up before they have the chance to be young. Temptations they shouldn’t have to face until a much older age are facing them when they are too young to know the true impact that their choices will have. 

Did you know one in five Eighth graders has tried alcohol? Eighth graders!! And the age seems to keep on getting younger and younger. And if one in five has tried alcohol, how many have been offered alcohol? How many of our youth are being tempted by things they should not have to deal with yet. And alcohol isn’t the only thing coming their way, kids are exposed to things so much younger, sex and drugs, bullying and violence. And I am not saying our kids are capable of handling these things, they are in many ways, but should they have to? And what can we do to prepare them?

You can talk to them. Seems like a pretty obvious answer sometimes, but it is one we forget to do. And it is so important! MADD created the Power of Parents program to help parents with just this! Sometimes, the only reason we don’t talk about things like alcohol is because we aren’t sure how to start the conversation. So, MADD created a handbook, with conversation starters, reasons kids respect for not drinking, and even some possible barriers to the conversation. The great thing is, while this handbook is alcohol focused, it helps promote better communication overall with teens so you can talk about all of those other things they are facing.

We may not be able to slow down time, or keep our kids from being exposed to too much. But, we can try to help prepare them for the world they live in. It is so different from the one we lived in at that age. Believe it or not, they are listening to you, so don’t be afraid to talk to them. It could be the difference between your eighth grader being the one that did try alcohol or one of the four others who did not!

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