How to Prepare for the Problematic Teen Issues
As the parent of one or more teenagers, it is vital that you are doing everything you can to prepare for the rough road that you may soon face. Not only will this help ensure that you are not going to go gray prematurely, it will help make sure that your teen is kept as safe as possible. And should they find themselves in some sort of trouble, you will be equipped with the knowledge that will help you help them.
Experimentation With Drugs And Alcohol
Some teens might say that experimenting with such things is a rite of passage. Us adults know that it is not that simple or innocent and it is something that you have to watch out for. While the first thing you will want to do is to make sure that you are talking with your teens about the dangers and drugs and alcohol, you may also want to give them a way out should they ever find themselves in a peer pressured moment. For example, your teen could text you the letter “X” and you will know that without question or anger, you will call him or her, give some excuse as to why you are demanding that they come home immediately, and you can go pick them up if need be. This way, they will not feel pressured to stay in a bad situation and can easily blame their parents as to why they have to leave.
Should you ever find that your teens have already developed a problem with illegal substances, you will want to look into finding a prescription drug rehab facility that you can take them to.
Prepare Them For Road Dangers
Putting a teen behind the wheel of a vehicle and letting them take off on their own can be a rather scary thing to do. However, it is something that you have to do so they can start to gain their independence and learn how to handle things on their own.
Of course, this does not mean that you want to just leave your teen to his or her own devices. You will want make sure that you are sitting down with him or her and discussing the dangers of the road. Explain all of the mistakes that many people make and how they need to not just refrain from doing those things themselves, but to remember that other people make mistakes too. You do not want your teen going out on the road with the “it will never happen to me” attitude.
Have the Sex Talk
It is no longer just enough to have a sit-down conversation with your teen about teen pregnancy and how to say no when they do not want to do something with another person. There are a lot of physical dangers that come as a risk when anyone, of any age, engages in sexual relationships. It is important to make sure that your teens have factual information about the types of STDs out there. Also, they need to know that they cannot tell whether someone has an STD or not by simply looking at them, as many of those diseases can hide in a dormant state for years.
You may also want to talk with your teen about a plan for birth control and protection, should they later decide to become sexually active. While it might be your wish for your teen to refrain from such activities until they are much older and more mature, it is best to at least ensure that they have the information they need should they decide to go against your wishes.
It might be tough to sit down with your teen and talk about those things, as well as many other things, but it is important that you do so.