I’m always looking for ways to engage our kids in conversation on serious topics to help steer them into adulthood safely. These conversations come up somewhat naturally but it’s important for us to find ways to engage our kids from a young age about the dangers of underage drinking and being irresponsible with alcohol. Underage drinking is an issue that is often overlooked by otherwise well-meaning parents.
Thankfully there are organizations like the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) that offer resources to families and children. FAAR is always looking for new ways to help parents and their kids to talk about the dangers of underage drinking.
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 to assist parents in their ongoing efforts to teach their kids to say YES to a healthy lifestyle and NO to underage drinking.
About the Grab the Goodies App:
Grab the Goodies is an educational app developed by the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility.
The app 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 players goes through the 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.
Grab The Goodies tackles the issue of underage drinking in an engaging and fun way that will not only help your children learn, but will open up the conversation in your home about underage drinking.
Grab the Goodies Review
The app is simple to use and fun to play. I played it prior to handing it over to the kids to get a sense of what it was like and found it was really fun. The multiple choice questions at the end of each level are aimed at helping kids understand what a healthy lifestyle looks like-and how they can achieve it.
We liked that the messages weren’t just about underage drinking, but also covered topics like exercise, food choices, and so many more.
I handed it off to my 8 and 10 year old kids who thought the game was fun and quickly got the hang of grabbing the good items-fruits, vegetables, soccer and footballs, trophies, and more. It opened up a conversation about what they had learned in health class and why underage drinking can cause such serious problems to their health.
It’s simply a great tool to use to start the conversation about drinking and alcohol with young kids.
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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.
Disclosure: I was compensated by FAAR for the time spent reviewing and writing about the app. All opinions are my own.