Parents must decide when a teen’s welfare or the welfare of others is seriously endangered, and take action. If your child is engaging in risky behaviors of any sort, it’s time to intervene, monitor behavior closely, and perhaps seek professional support.
Tip of the Day February 10
Remove yourself from a situation immediately if you ever feel troubled enough to use physical or emotional violence against your teenager. Leave the room—go for a walk, visit a neighbor, call a trusted friend or counselor—but physically go somewhere else and calm down.
Tip of the Day February 9
Talk with your teen about the connection between driving and emotions. Point out that driving while angry, sad, or preoccupied can be as dangerous as drinking and driving. New drivers need to be in control of their own emotions and alert to the reactions of other drivers.
Tip of the Day February 8
If weapons are ever part of a bullying threat, take the threat seriously. The police need to be kept informed.
Tip of the Day February 7
Take physical safety measures (such as baby proofing when they’re young, or setting rules about driving when they’re teens) out of love for your children and a desire for them to have positive experiences, rather than out of fear.
Tip of the Day February 6
If kids have positive influences, they’re more likely to make safe choices, and if lots of people care about them, they can get help and support when needed.
Tip of the Day February 5
If you are communicating, you’ll know what’s going on in your child’s life, where they might need some help, or if they might need someone to look out for them.
Tip of the Day February 4
Many communities have organized groups that older children can take part in, such as volunteer groups, event planning committees, and community recreation departments. Encourage your child to find and join a community action group like this.
Tip of the Day February 3
Organize or participate in a fundraiser such as a walk or run as a family. Donate the proceeds to hurricane relief, camp scholarships, or other causes.
Tip of the Day February 2
Make and send cards with your kids to hospitalized children, nursing home residents, or people in the military.