With prom and high school graduation right around the corner, it's the ideal time for parents to talk with their teens about underage drinking.
A new report reaffirms parents are the primary influence on teens' decisions about alcohol.
Educator and certified parent coach MJ Corcoran said since this topic is hard to talk about, she said it's important that parents talk to each other first before speaking with the teen.
Once you're ready -- she says instead of talking make sure you're listening to your kids when asking questions.
"Stop just telling them what to do. Start listening and asking open-ended questions. Questions like, 'What would you do if you were in the situation?' or 'Who would you call?' 'How would you handle that?'"
Corcoran said it's never too late and never too early to have the talk with your kids.
Making sure you let your kids know that communication is clear on these topics is what she said is the most important.
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