There are so many things we have to talk about with our children. So many (un)fun things to discuss with them: sex. drugs. rock and roll. And alcohol. All are such a difficult prospect, the talks. So many of these things we’ve experienced and understand and know they’ll, likely, experience at some point–but we want that point to be later. Much later.
So, what’s the easiest way to bring up the discussion? To talk about it easily and often? To make it a common conversation in the household, so that the “no, I shouldn’ts” are embedded in their minds as they grow healthy. If I knew, exactly, I would have published a book and be making millions, right? I mean, if only there were an easy answer.
[This is a sponsored post.]
There isn’t one golden answer to make the conversation easy and accepted in every home. But there are ways to make it easier. One way that opens the conversation about alcohol to a younger age is the new free educational app (for iOS and Android), developed by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR), Grab the Goodies.
Grab the Goodies App Description
Grab the Goodies, a component of the Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program, enables kids (aged 6-9) to learn about the negative consequences of underage drinking and empowers them to make healthy lifestyle decisions as they grow older. As the player goes through levels, they will be prompted to answer questions about how alcohol affects their bodies, the basics of good nutrition and the impact of healthy decisions. The correct answer gives them extra points and allows them to move to the next level.
While my kids straddle the intended age range, at 5 and 9, they’re enjoying the game and I’m enjoying that it opens the conversation about healthy living at a young age. The kids play as the Octopus who is trying to grab healthy goodies like apples and soccer balls which give the player points, while grabbing a bottle of beer (or soda) will not award points. After a few grabs, kids are challenged with a health question that covers different topics such as alcohol consumption, healthy eating and physical fitness.
and, of course, high scores and lots of stars are rewarding.
Try the game together and start your healthy discussions
Grab the Goodies is available on both iTunes and Google Play. For more information, visit the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility and get helpful tips and materials for starting open conversations with your kids about alcohol from their Ask, Listen, Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program.
This post is sponsored by FAAR.
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