Parental involvement often drops by half during the teen years, right when kids need it most. Teens become more independent, and their schedules often conflict with their parents’. Make an extra effort to stay involved. All kids need help to stay alcohol-free, especially during high school.
There are many ways to stay in touch with your busy teen. Tap the orange icons to discover some of the most effective things to do.
Check in between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Studies show kids are at higher risk for alcohol, drugs and sexual behavior between those hours (sometimes referred to as the “danger zone” by law enforcement), while many parents are still at work.1
Find ways to check on your kids when you are not around, either with phone calls, text messaging, or through a friend or neighbor dropping by.
Drop in occasionally, unannounced. Though they may roll their eyes and seem embarrassed at your presence, the occasional surprise visit lets your child know you could be stopping by at any time. Be sure to explain that you do trust them, but that you love them and want to be certain they are safe.
If your teenagers have cell phones, they likely receive text messages from all their friends; so why not send one to your child as a parent? It’s a great way to stay in touch, let them know you’re thinking about them, and remind them to avoid underage drinking.Watch: Your Voice Matters