Monday, February 11, 2008
Know Who Your Teen Hangs Out With
I am writing this because I heard someone say yesterday that their teen would do whatever they wanted because they(the mother) couldn't be with her 24/7. However true, there are still things that can be done to protect your teen from hanging out with the wrong crowd. That's where all the trouble normally begins. First of all, your teen needs to have many friends....casual friends and good, close friends. There are things that you can do to help keep your teen from getting into too much trouble, and that's to find out who her friends are, and make sure who she hangs out with is someone who's not getting into trouble all the time. You can meet some of her friends during the times they want to go to the mall, especially if you are doing the taxi-thing. You can also meet the parents if they go to spend the day or night with them. I have found that keeping my ears and eyes open really helps. Talk to your daughter about what kind of friends are appropriate and let her know the consequences of hanging out with someone who gets into alot of trouble. Keep an open line of communication with your daughter. Also important, know where she is going to be when she goes out somewhere and who is doing the picking up and dropping off.