Play this game with your child Apps like Grab the Goodies give parents a platform to talk about the affects of alcohol and other drugs on people. Grab the Goodies is a fun, quick-paced game with an educational intent. Play along with your child to help him/her answer the questions...and also talk to them about your personal or family stories on the effects of alcohol.
Worth the download for the conversation it starts. I've played the game the last few weeks and had my kids try it out. My younger kids are 10 and 11 and the game was good for a while, but didn't hold their attention for long. (I didn't attempt to ask my 15-year-old to play it.) They said the game needs a goal, something to reach. They did have fun with the questions, however, some of the questions were difficult for me to answer and I wasn't sure how they helped further the discussion on underage drinking and healthy lifestyles.
Great conversation starter While I would hope that my kids are not being pressured to drink at the ages that this app is geared towards, I firmly believe that before the issue comes up is the best time to start talking to kids about it. My 9 year old son loves the game and he actually chats with me about the quiz questions in between levels, unprompted by me! I love finding games that are fun, free, AND educational!
Start the Conversation about Drinking Responsibly With a tween and two teens, I was interested to learn about what the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility (FAAR) is doing to help parents talk to their children about drinking responsibly. A month or two ago, I reviewed a now released app from FAAR called Grab the Goodies. Within no time at all my son was happily exploring the app with me. As he played and I watched we had some really great conversations on drinking responsibly. We talked about how you have to be 21 to drink in all states. And how if you drink before 21, you are breaking the law. I kept the conversation light. Not too doom and gloom. He’s 11 and really doesn’t need to know just yet about breathalyzer tests, drunk driving fatalities, and alcohol addiction in great detail. I explained but didn’t overdo. I wanted to keep the conversation positive. I wanted not to scare him. I wanted to give him enough information to ask questions, which he did.