Simple Check-In Rule Helps Teens Avoid Risk

This valuable article on helping teens avoid risk is a guest post by Ken Ginsburg of the Center For Parent and Teen Communication. 

By Ken Ginsburg

A Simple Check-In Rule Can Help Teens Avoid Risk

Our tweens and teens are going to have to make certain decisions and choices in the face of peer pressure. And generally, they will want to do what’s right. But they may not know how to avoid risk while still saving face with their peers.

They may benefit from an easy way out.

Parents can give them that “out” with a simple rule: The Check-In Rule.

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The Check-In Rule Is Simple:

No matter how late your teens may stay out, they must check in with you when they come home.

Even if you’re sleeping, they need to awaken you to say they’ve arrived. (And there’s a good chance you may not be sleeping too soundly until your teen is home anyway!)

Parents who effectively monitor their teens by regularly checking in in this way may find that their tweens and teens avoid risk—and are less likely to check out mentally and emotionally.

Our Hope Is—That Teens Avoid Risk When They Know They’re Deeply Cared For

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Will Your Kid Be Able to Afford His Dream Life?

Will your daughter be able to afford her dream life? Will your son be able to live the way he wants to—considering the adult income he’s headed toward right now?

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Have your kids (ages 8–26) complete this short quiz sponsored by Jump$tart. (They’re rockstars in building financial literacy for students.)

Take the Jump$tart quiz here:

Jump$tart’s Reality Check

If your teen or college student wants to get a good job someday but doesn’t know which career focus to pick, here’s a great inspiring article that can help—no matter the kid’s current age:

12th Grader’s Got No Career Direction? Do This—Right Now.

Give your kids a jump-start on a dream life. Get your copy of:

It’s a reference book, so nobody reads the whole thing cover to cover. Pick out what you need to read in it using the fast-paced, 10-minute video instructions here.

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Got Irresponsible Kids? Immediate Help Here

Today I’m featuring an article by Debbie Pincus, MS LMHC that originally appeared on empoweringParents.com. If you’re worn out by parenting irresponsible kids—if you feel at a loss as to what to do about it—this article is for you.

Debbie’s article on parenting irresponsible kids is here.

Irresponsible kids take up massive amounts of parental energy.

I love this article because it explains in practical terms how to allow your irresponsible child to be emotionally separate from you.

This idea of “emotionally separate” might seem odd to you at first. You might think, “Wait a second—I want to be emotionally close to my kids! Not separate!” But give this article a chance.

You just might find yourself feeling closer to your kids than ever.

While saving your own energy for taking care of yourself.

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You can help irresponsible kids become happy, responsible kids.

Read Debbie Pincus’s great article on parenting irresponsible kids here.

After you do, you might feel greatly inspired that your teen or college student should get a part-time job. Get help and support on this subject by listening to my podcast episode where I talk about how great part-time jobs can be for teens and college students.

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