Kids and alcohol don’t mix. Educating our kids about underage drinking is important to me, and so I’m excited to introduce my readers to Grab the Goodies, a free educational app by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR). I was compensated by FAAR for the time spent reviewing and writing about the app. All opinions are my own.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR)
The underage drinking conversation is an important one to have with your kids – as soon as possible. As a mother of 3 teens (and two more soon to be entering their teen years), I know that it’s necessary to start that conversation long before they are teenagers surrounded by difficult choices and pressures from friends and peers. Neither my husband nor I drink at all, and we’ve been very upfront with our kids about our feelings about alcohol consumption. We’ve always felt like keeping the conversation open – and bringing it up regularly – is the best way to handle situations like these. We arm our kids with knowledge and make sure they know how they can (and should) react when confronted with pressures from their peers.
The Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is a nonprofit organization that is committed to eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking by promoting responsible decision-making regarding alcohol consumption – something I can definitely stand behind.
Grab the Goodies
This back to school season, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility is introducing a new component to the Ask Listen Learn: Kids and Alcohol Don’t Mix program – a fun-for-kids, parent-approved FREE app. The goal of the new app, called Grab the Goodies, is to assist parents in their efforts to teach their kids to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.
I love what the Grab the Goodies app does – it teaches kids to make healthy choices (and more importantly, WHY they should make those healthy choices) in a fun, non-threatening way.
The app is geared towards kids, ages 6-9, and teaches them through play about the consequences of the things they do to their bodies – the good things they do and take in to their bodies as well as the bad things. Playing is simple – I handed the game to my 9 year old son without any explanation and he was able to pick it up right away.
At the end of each level, players are given multiple choice questions about how alcohol affects their bodies, the basics of good nutrition and the impact of healthy decisions. Correct answers award extra points towards moving on to the next level. My son was so entertained that he never thought twice about learning about healthy habits.
Get Grab the Goodies Free
Download the free Grab The Goodies app from iTunes or 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 program.
How have you talked to your kids about underage drinking? Share your tips and experiences in the comment section below!
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