Whatcom families are influenced by inaccurate perceptions


Whatcom parents tend to overestimate the acceptance other adults have about alcohol.

For example, most Whatcom parents prohibit the use of alcohol in their home while mistakenly believe most other parents allow it.

Being strict about alcohol is not just normal; it’s also good parenting. Your guidance helps your kids make healthy and safe decisions both today and in the distant future. Have a ‘no use’ rule and communicate it openly and firmly.


Most parents tend to underestimate the influence they actually have on their kids.

For example, only one in five parents believe what they say to their children has an impact on their decision to use alcohol or drugs. Yet, four out of five children identify their parents as their biggest influence in making this decision. The bottom line: step up and assert yourself. Your kids are very likely listening to you more than you think.