The parenting style that works.

If you’re a parent of a teen, you know there’s a conversation you need to have about alcohol use. But how do you get started? Is there anything a parent can do that makes any real impact on teen drinking? There is. It’s a parenting style that has been shown to reduce risky behaviors in teens, including binge drinking. Some call it authoritative parenting. We like to call it heart-to-heart parenting. It’s based on setting clear expectations with your teen, clear boundaries and consistent consequences. But from a standpoint of warmth, listening and love. Throughout this website, you’ll find the tools and resources you need to learn and implement the parenting style that works.

Heart-to-Heart Parenting: Authority

Take the heart-to-heart journey.

What does the authoritative — or heart-to-heart — parenting style look like? How can parents use it in real, day-to-day life? Find out right here, in a quick, interactive journey that gives you some real-world scenarios that highlight the heart-to-heart style. It just takes a few minutes, but it will be time well spent. Learn more.

Heart to Heart parenting

Learn more about parenting styles.

There are four major styles of parenting — authoritative (heart-to-heart), permissive, authoritarian and uninvolved. But what’s in a name? What does it mean to be a permissive parent? What’s the difference between authoritative and authoritarian? And most importantly, what parenting style works best in reducing teen drinking and other risky behaviors? The answers to these, and other interesting questions, can be found right here.

Authoritative parents show warmth, communication, control and expectations

Resources for parents and teens

Check here for educational guides, videos, events and other resources to help parents and teens start meaningful conversations about alcohol use. New material is always being added, so check back often.

The Parenting Style That Works - Video 1

If you’re a parent of a teen, you know there’s a conversation you need to have about alcohol use. But how do you get started? Is there anything a parent can do that makes any real impact on teen drinking? There is.

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