As the summer approaches the weather gets nicer, we spend more time outside, and there are more and more reasons to celebrate.
Just this past weekend we celebrated Memorial Day, and many of you, myself included, probably attended a cook-out or party. With high school graduations, the fourth of July, and a host of other celebrations coming up, we would like to remind you of a couple of things you can do to send a positive message to our youth.
1) Do not allow youth to drink. I know this one is simple and to the point. That said, it is just a reminder that you are in control, and responsible for setting limits at your home.
2) Don’t make it easy for youth to access alcohol. We often don’t think anything of putting out a cooler full of beer for our guests at a cookout or outdoor party. As responsible as your children and their friends may be, it is always better to not provide them with the temptation. Keep alcohol within your sight, and monitor it throughout the party.
3) Know where your children are going and check in with them. If your children know that you are checking in on them, and are calling ahead to find out the supervision level of their activity, they are less likely to engage in risky behavior.
Just a reminder that Holiday weekends see a 11-15% increase in emergency room visits related to underage drinking. Lets do our part in preventing this from happening in Danvers, and setting a positive example for our youth.
Have a great happy, healthy, and safe summer! We hope to see you in the community!