If you have a gut feeling that something isn’t right with one of your kids, you’re probably right! Here are 3 tips for talking with your teens:
1. Be calm! Rather than accuse, ask good questions then be a good listener (which means don’t interrupt or fill in the blanks for them.)
2. Be aware of what’s going on in your community as well as the country. What’s in the news that relates to kids who might be in trouble with drugs or alcohol? Ask your kids if they know any kids doing similar things as those who are in trouble. Be sure you know the details of what your kids are doing after school or after an event.
3. Be confident when you monitor your kids’ behavior on the Internet or cell phone. Your concern shows you–and others–not only that you care about them, but that you are involved in their lives.
These three things will help to alleviate your fears and expose anything that isn’t right that’s going on with your child.