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As we enter the prom and graduation season, the Groton-Dunstable Alliance for Youth wants to take a moment to thank the “cool” parents in our communities. You know who you are and we appreciate your efforts to care for the children and teens in our communities. Who are the cool parents? Cool parents

* Understand that our children and teens need strong parents, but not parents who want to be their friends. They have friends their own age.

* Know that letting other people’s children drink alcohol in their home crosses a line. Cool parents understand they don’t have the right to make that decision for other people’s children.

* Know that they have the right to expect other parents in the community to respect their family’s rules and expectations.

* Understand that it is not a given that all the kids will drink and that we should let them drink at home where they’ll be “safe.” Cool parents understand that this practice doesn’t guarantee anyone’s safety.

* Set clear expectations about healthy and safe behaviors with their children and hold kids accountable for their actions.

* Don’t minimize teen alcohol use because of a misinformed belief that “we did it and our kids will too.”

* Understand that driving a car after drinking is a major risk to anyone, including teens. Cool parents also know that drinking and driving is not the only alcohol-related risk to our kids.

* Recognize that it is illegal to serve alcohol to people under the age of 21.

Again, our thanks to the cool parents. Spread the word and encourage other parents to join the crowd.

Sincerely,

GDAY STEERING COMMITTEE

Alice Anne Barbo, Ann Bradley, Jane Cooper, Ardie Henry, Penny Hommeyer, Alice Lenhart, John Llodra, Judy Robinson, Patti Spooner.

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