It’s back to school time again and although most parents will rejoice at the thought of kids back in class, for parents of university age teens, it can be the start of a time of great stress.
It happens within a blink of an eye too: your child grows up right before your eyes and before you know it you’re packing them up and sending them off to live in the dorm. You start wondering whether you raised them the right way, whether they’d say no to binge drinking and drinking and driving, and once you start worrying about that your peace of mind can go right out the window.
If you’d like to get your teen off to school on the right foot and spend a lot less time worrying about what they’re doing, there are a few steps you can take right now.
Talk to your teen about underage drinking
The legal age across all provinces is nineteen years old. That means during your teen’s first year, they won’t be allowed to drink at school because they’ll be too young. But just because it’s illegal for someone under the age of nineteen to drink, that doesn’t mean they won’t try it. Do your very best to set expectations and accountability for your teen before he or she goes to school. You’ll have a better chance of them continuing to do the right thing, even when you aren’t there.
Consider a voluntary ignition interlock
Want to take a proven step in making sure your teen won’t drink and drive? Install an ignition interlock in his or her vehicle. Yes, all parents want to trust their kids, but every parent was a kid once too and they know how easy it can be to make the wrong decision. If you put an ignition interlock on your kid’s car, they won’t have the opportunity to drink and drive because if they decide to drink, the car won’t start.
It would be nice if there was a magic method to take away all of your worry and stress when your teen goes away to university, but there isn’t. What can help is talking to them about underage drinking, and installing an ignition interlock before they leave. It won’t take away all of your worry, but it will help.