For Teens, Families Still Really Make the Difference
Families have a critical role to play in helping their teens through a period of life that can be filled with dangers. Teens who feel loved, understood and paid attention to at home are less likely to engage in risky behaviors—including drug use and sexual activity—than those who do not.
Here are some things you can do to support your teen:
- Set high, realistic academic expectations. Let your teen know that school is important. Then back up your words with involvement, such as helping your teen relate schoolwork to real life.
- Be accessible. Your teen will be less likely to use drugs or alcohol if you reconnect: 1) in the morning, 2) after school, 3) at dinner and 4) at bedtime. If you are at work, touch base on the phone.
- Establish clear rules about avoiding drugs, alcohol and sex. Peers strongly influence adolescents, but the messages you send also get through.
- Lock up alcohol and other dangerous substances. Most teens have their first drinks at home. The presence of drugs, alcohol and cigarettes in the home significantly increases the likelihood that your teen will use these substances.
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