5 Questions To Ask Your Teen

Always ask these five questions before your teen goes out!

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 randy@randymoraitis.com or visit my websites www.randymoraitis.com or www.thecrossing.com.

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Jennifer Hope Webster February 02, 2013 at 06:18 AM
Excellent Randy...I always forget to ask...when will you be home. This is an awesome question. It keeps me wondering...just a ball park figure is good! Or are you spending the night? Great questions! - a mom of two sons/ and a community of tons more!


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