Teens & The "Wrong Crowd"
Your teen is now hanging out with
their friends more independently than when they were younger.
But are you as a parent worried that your child may be hanging
out with the wrong crowd?
The best way to handle this situation
is to talk about it with your teen and don't attack their friends
personalities. Voice your concerns but not in a condescending
way. Give your teen the chance to share their feelings about their
friends and perhaps make a compromise about the time they will
spend with these friends, the activities they are allowed to participate
and not allowed to (i.e., you can go tot he movies with them,
but not to their older brothers house party) and resist the urge
to forbid things and activities -this may only make them more
attractive to your teen. Finally, make sure that your teen feels
that they don't need to choose sides (i.e., yours or their friends).
Only if your teen's friends are
directly endangering teen by use of drugs
or illegal activities - then it is advisable to forbid them to
see those friends for their own safety. Try and offer an alternative
when doing so.
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