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Why is staying involved as a parent important for preventing bad behavior?

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One of the best ways to prevent teen bad behavior is to know what your kids are up to. You don't need to spy on your teens or listen in on their phone conversations -- you just need to be an involved and interested parent. Ask what your kids are doing when they go out with friends. Know who they hang out with and where they go.

Being an involved parent also means watching for any warning signs that your teen is in trouble. These signs include:

If you see any of these changes in your teen, talk to a doctor or therapist right away

  • Skipping school
  • Losing or gaining a lot of weight quickly Having trouble sleeping
  • Spending more time alon
  • Getting into trouble with the law Talking about committing suicide.

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

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