Keep Tabs on Your Teen in a Constructive Way

Worried about your teen? There are ways for you to make sure they stay out of trouble without being an overbearing parent.

Educate Them

Talk with your teen about the risks of drugs and alcohol. Teach them the skills they need to say “no” if under peer pressure or in a situation where they’re being offered drugs or alcohol. If they’re hesitant to talk about these important issues right away, start by simply chatting about school, friends and other activities they’re involved in.

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Have a Plan

Create a plan for how you will react if you discover your teen is using drugs and alcohol. What sort of discussion will you have with your teen? What consequences might their actions have? Decide now so that you’re ready to act later.

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Be a Role Model

You’re one of the most important people in your teen’s life, so it’s important to lead by example. Demonstrate responsible behaviors so your teen will learn from your good habits.

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Let your teen know they can talk to you if there’s a problem, but don’t put too much pressure on them. Remain open to chatting and let them know that no matter what, you’re there to support them.

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Ask your teen to check in with you when they go out with friends. This is as simple as sending a quick text message asking for permission or letting you know where they are.

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