Encourage Your Teen

It’s important to encourage your teen to choose friends wisely. If their friends drink alcohol, your child is more likely to do so. It’s important to encourage your child to choose friends that make healthy and wise decisions. It’s also important for you to spend time with your child’s friends. Invite them and their families to a gathering at your home, so you can get to know them better. And talk to your child about the qualities to look for in a friend: honesty, trustworthiness, kindness, etc. Explain why these qualities are more important than how “cool” or “popular” they are.

It’s a challenging situation if you disapprove of or dislike one of your child’s friends. Rather than forbidding your child to associate with the friend, talk to them about why you have concerns about the friendship, or the child’s character. Limit your child’s time with the friend, or only let them socialize when you are with them.