A DUI charge is enough to scare any resident of Nebraska. Even worse, if it happens to your teen, it could shake you to your very core, and there are steps you should take immediately.
Reign in your emotions
As a parent, it’s only natural for you to be angry, ashamed and heartbroken that your child has been charged with driving under the influence. You might even feel as though it’s your fault. However, when addressing the situation with your teen, you need to keep your emotions in check and tackle the issue with a level head.
Talk to them about what happened
While continuing to remain calm, ask your teen to honestly explain what happened. Show them love and understanding and avoid being judgmental. You will want to get to the bottom of why they started drinking as this can put you in a better position for getting them help. Discuss the dangers of drinking and driving and alcohol, in general. Be open enough to let your child know that they have to face consequences for their actions but that you’ll be there for them no matter what.
Give them consequences for their actions
Teens need discipline, especially when they have gotten into trouble with the law. DUI is no joke, so it’s crucial to ensure that your child faces consequences for their actions. There’s no one-size-fits-all for punishing your teen for drinking and driving. You might consider grounding them by taking away certain privileges such as their phone or computer, disallowing them to see their friends or even making them do household chores for two weeks. Whatever you choose, it could show them that you’re disappointed but believe in tough love.
No parent wants to learn that their teen has gotten a DUI. You need to be firm but loving as your child gets through this.