Parent of a Teen? Try These 6 Things

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No one ever said parenting would be easy — but parenting a teen is, in so many ways, an especially difficult task. Science shows us that parents can have a huge impact on their teens’ choices and lives; but only if they’re equipped with the right information.

It’s important to remember your power as a parent. Here are suggestions on ways you can reduce the chance your teen will drink, use drugs or engage in other risky behavior:

1) Build a warm & supportive relationship with your child. Research shows that children who can count on their parents’ support and warmth are less likely to use drugs and alcohol. This can mean everything from discussing shared interests and engaging in activities together.

2) Be a good role model when it comes to drinking, taking medicine and handling stress. When it comes to alcohol and other drugs, children are likely to model their parents’ behaviors — both healthy and unhealthy ones.

3) Know your child’s friends. It sounds simple, and it is. You, as the parent, set the foundation for your child’s interaction with his friends. As your child gets older, his friends play a more important role in the choices he makes. Knowing who they are and a little about them can help you to be more prepared to intervene if a problem occurs.


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    Debora Beyer

    September 12, 2015 at 5:10 PM

    I have tried in the past to get help form my grandkids, who are now 12 and 14 but it was dismissed by counseling professionals. So I am back to realizing that my grandchildren were born addicted and are addicts if they choose to use or not. Its been a very long 10 year battle to keep them from their maternal realatives, who are all addicts, but after going to court three times I am back to zilch. I even have the family involved in our wrap a round sessions and the last session ended up with my grandson in juvinille incarceration for a week. The bios have just used everything I have tried to involve them in to help the kids to turn them further against a drug free, sex free life and me. I am involved in 12 step groups for myself but am finding it very difficult to accept that I can’t do anything to counteract this. The kids have NCOs with mother, stepfather, and uncle on that side of the family. My last call to CPS the worker said what is the harm in the kids seeing their mother? Duh, I think its against the law for one. The mother is married to a drug dealer/addict and she also sells and uses; raises pit bulls illegally; tatoos; and has over a dozen grow houses in the area not to mention biomom and stepfather stole $25,000 off of a drug cartel. Don’t know why they haven’t been caught. So long, long story short HELP! Do I have control over ANYTHING here?

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    Martina Salvador

    February 9, 2015 at 10:19 PM

    I do appreciate you have shred your thoughts for sharing tips in parenting. This tips of your are good way to prevent growing number of teen drug addiction. Parents are the foundation of the values of children they must be a good examples to their kids. My sister is a volunteer in soba mesa arizona a rehabilitation center, and she hear stories of different teenagers who have issues with their families.

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