The Other Talk
Published on 29 May 2018
At some point, parents know they will have to have ‘the talk’ with their children. It’s not always easy, but learning about sex is an important conversation that every parent and child should have. But what about ‘the other talk’—a conversation about alcohol and other drugs?
This June, parents will have the opportunity to learn about how to have ‘the other talk’ during two free workshops facilitated by the Alcohol and Drug Foundation.
The workshops, which are taking place at Caroline Chisolm Catholic College on 6 June and St Monica’s Catholic Primary School (Footscray) on 19 June, will cover some of those uncomfortable questions and will provide parents with the information they need to have ‘the other talk’ confidently and effectively.
Addressing the harms associated with alcohol and other drugs (AOD) has been a long term and complex problem. This is why it is important to work together to limit how much our children are exposed to alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.
Evidence shows that the earlier parents start talking about alcohol and other drugs with their children, the higher the likelihood they will defer drinking to a later age.
Natasha Jager, Manager – Workplace Services at the Alcohol and Drug Foundation, said that although it’s not always easy, it’s important to give your child the knowledge and support to make good decisions.
“Starting the conversation early also means you create an understanding that when it comes to alcohol and other drugs, no question is too silly and no topic is off limits,” Natasha said.
Young people consider parents to be credible sources of information – parents have a major influence on their adolescent child’s drinking behaviour and can help prevent them from drinking alcohol or from harmful use.
When parents disapprove of their children using AOD, their children are less likely to use these substances and to experience related problems.
“It is recommended that parents take the steps to educate themselves before starting the conversation with their kids, as there’s a lot of misinformation out there,” Natasha continued.
The Other Talk – Braybrook
Wednesday 6 June, 5.45-8pm
Caroline Chisolm Catholic College
The Other Talk - Footscray
Tuesday 19 June, 5.45-8pm
St Monica’s Catholic Primary School, Footscray