Is it a good idea for my teen to drink at home under my supervision?
Some parents have come to believe that their teen is better off drinking or even smoking pot at home rather then out driving around with friends. Some parents think that it is really cool to throw a graduation party with booze for their underage child and all their friends—complete with an off-duty police guard who will take their car keys and not give them back till the next morning.
This is a bad idea—and not just for legal issues. The message that it sends to an adolescent is, I believe you have no self-control; you’re going to use drugs no matter what, so use them at home where you’ll be safe. Adolescent brains are still under construction and substance use at an early age is not good for the brain. Even though your teen may experiment anyway, it is important to not condone such behavior. No matter what teens may say or even think—they do not need their parents to be their friends, nor should they expect parents to be their rescuers. They need strong parental guidance.
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