Know Your Teenager's Friends
Another way of having good communication
with your teen is to know their friends and to actively engage
in discussing their social lives. Parenting your teen can be a
lot easier if you know a few things:
1) where your teen is,
2) who they are with,
3) what they are doing and
4) when they will be home.
Communication is the key to knowing
these things. All of those questions can be asked in a friendly
but direct conversation. By communicating
and knowing your teen's friends it shows
you have an interest in your child. Some tips for having open
communication about your teens friends follow:
* Ask your teens about their friends...what they like
to do...where they work...who their boy and girl friends are.
* Encourage your daughter or son to invite their friends
over to your house for movies, popcorn.
* Keep an address book or circle names in the phone book of
your kids' friends names, telephone numbers and addresses. You
may need them in an emergency.
* Call the parent(s) of youth who are throwing a party. Maybe
you can help, and your concern can be reassuring to your child
and the other parent.
Opening Up & Talking