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