By Randy Moraitis, MA, BCPC, CPC
I once heard it said that raising a teenager is like trying to nail jello to a tree–very challenging. I should know, I’m on my fifth teen and I’ve got the gray hairs to prove it!
Parents of teens have so much to worry about when their teens go out–alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, texting while driving–the list is very long and very scary.
Before your teen goes out, as part of setting clear expectations and boundaries, be sure to ask these five questions:
1. What will you be doing?
2. Where will you be going?
3. Who will you be with?
4. When will you be home?
5. How can I reach you?
By asking these questions, and only allowing your teen to go out once you have the answers, you are being a very proactive and responsible parent and sending a message to your teen that you love them and are paying attention.
Next blog–“Should I drug test my teen?”
I’d enjoy hearing your thoughts on this subject. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit my websites ==www.randymoraitis.com or www.thecrossing.com