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April 4, 2014

Readers’ Forum: April 5, 2014

Small talks have a lasting impact

As a parent and a doctor, I know the importance of talking with kids early and often about alcohol. Small talks can occur at the dinner table, in the family room or even in the car ride to school or practice.

While you may think your kids are not listening, research shows parents have the greatest influence over a youth’s decision not to drink. Make clear your views and expectations about alcohol and always be a responsible role model.

As your child matures, so should these discussions. Be mindful that most teens who drink get alcohol from their homes, at parties or from other adults. Keep track of the alcohol products in your home and be aware of your teen’s friends and activities.

Importantly, youth are more likely to avoid alcohol when they have a strong bond with their parents based on trust and open communication. So keep talking. As a nation, we are making progress. Underage drinking rates are at an all-time low. By continuing these conversations we can continue this positive trend. For more tips, go to www.dontserveteens.gov.

— Dr. Farzanna S. Haffizulla, president, American Medical Women’s Association, Davie, Fla.

Courts need a positive change

Lucky Reddy will receive my vote on May 6.

Some people may not know Lucky or how strongly she feels about families and our community. As a mother and school teacher, I feel strongly about the impact of society on our children and families. Every year there are so many families and children that struggle, divorce and find themselves in situations that end up in court.

Lucky Reddy, along with her husband, Dr. Venkat Reddy, understands the impact courts have in the lives of each family member. As a parent herself, she wants to invest in our community by helping families.

I strongly believe that her dedication, her family ties and her strong belief in family will bring about the positive change that we need in our court system.

If you believe in families, our children and our community, I encourage you to vote, along with me, for Lucky Reddy on May 6.

— Judy Fendrick, Terre Haute

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