Throughout the teenage years, your child will confront many difficult situations. Each time, choosing to make a safe and healthy decision may not be the easiest – or most obvious – thing to do.
Peer pressure may factor heavily into the decision-making process regarding drinking alcohol at parties, trying drugs, having sexual relationships, joining gangs and more.
Protecting your teen from potentially harmful situations will always be an intense urge that often cannot be realistically fulfilled. As your child grows, parenting becomes less about control and more about offering guidance. Support your teen in making responsible decisions by providing a solid foundation built upon sharing your time, experience, values, trust and love.