|Do you know your teen's friends?|
The transition from junior high into high school is a big one for your teen, and it often leads to significant changes in your teen's circle of friends. The friends that you're used to your teen hanging around may drift away as they get involved with different things in high school, and your teen may connect with another group entirely--a group that you believe is influencing your teen in a negative way. If you think your teen has fallen in with the wrong crowd, you may want to take the following steps to intervene.
- Talk to Your Teen
When you finally broach the topic of your teen's friends, make sure you discuss the specific types of behavior they exhibit that you're unhappy with, rather than vague, sweeping criticisms. Doing this lessens the chances of your teen thinking you just blindly hate their friends for no reason. For example, "I think that so-and-so is disrespectful of his parents. I saw him cussing out his mother in the parking lot after the basketball game. That's not okay, and I don't want you to think it's okay to treat me that way either."
- Invite the Friends over
- Get to Know Their Friends' Parents
- Find Positive Mentors
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Be an educated parent, you will have safer and healthier teens.