Parents - yep you who are about to send your kids off this June, July and August - don't forget to have that all important talk about alcohol. All of these situations where kids get themselves into trouble are rooted in excessive use of alcohol. Even if yours is going to an academy and is a plebe - they still need to hear it from you. They will eventually be in a situation where they have to make a decision about alcohol. Believe it or not, kids do listen to their parents. They may pretend not to, or don't want to but they do listen and they do remember your advice. Please, please remind them of the dangers of binge drinking. Talk to them about how binge drinking clouds judgement and impairs reasonable thinking. Trust me, good kids with good parents can get into trouble with alcohol. While they are still home- continue to find those "teachable" moments. Go ahead and talk of the latest drinking "scandals" but take it a step further and talk about the impact that alcohol had on the situation and the importance of drinking responsbily. Do not leave this job solely to the academies or orientation at college. Let them hear it from YOU. Let them hear your expectations for behavior. When they come home on leave or break, continue to find teachable moments, as well. Remember when your baby was born and it suddenly hit you - that you are responsible for this little life for the next 18 years? Ha Ha - Guess what? Parenting never ends. You just get be a spectator a whole lot more instead of in the game. Off my soapbox now - Have a very happy and safe graduation season - congratulations on a job well done and raising amazing kids!