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?"
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