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Parenting Tool Kit

8198913_sThe teen years can be a difficult time for many parents. Teens are navigating through that grey area of wanting to be independent, but still needing their parent’s guidance. This often causes conflict in the home as teens push their boundaries. Many parents think the solution is to be their child’s friend but teens don’t need their parents’ friendship’s they need their parents to be the adults and set reasonable limits. Studies show that teens still view their parents as the strongest influence in their lives, even more than their peers. This tool kit is designed to help parents be strong and be there for their teens. Parents are Powerful!

In Your Home

Do you monitor teens while they are in your home? Do your children know what the expectations are when they invite friends over? What about setting a curfew and house rules? It is important to make your expectations clear in these areas, and here are some suggestions:

Other Parents

Do you know the parents of your children’s friends? Do you verify safe situations and supervised parties in other homes? Do you welcome telephone calls at your home verifying supervision of gatherings? It’s okay to make the call to another parent and welcome calls from parents. Doing so helps everyone to know they have allies!

Communication

Do you talk to your teen daily? It is not always easy, but it is one of the most important ways that you can show your support. Use these tips to help you talk to your teens about anything.

Other Teens

Do you attempt to meet your child’s friends? Knowing your child’s friends and their parents is relatively easy in elementary school, but as your child moves to middle school and high school it is increasingly difficult to know your teen’s friends. Here are some tips to help you navigate this tricky world:

Community

Do you call authorities or other parents to report unsafe situations, parties or gatherings? It is important to remain aware of what is happening in your community or neighborhood.

Your Child

Even though your teens may act as though they do not want to hear what you have to say, they still need help from time to time learning how to handle difficult situations. Often times, teens go along with behavior that they are not comfortable with because they are afraid of losing friends, being left out or looking un-cool€. The following tips can help you help your child develop strong refusal skills:

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