Parenting Your Teen

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All parents want their teens to feel confident, secure, and be successful in life.

But what can parents do?

Family, schools, peers and communities play an important role in healthy adolescent development (external PDF file).

5 keys to youth success

  1. Nurture your teen:
  2. Monitor your teen:
    • Show interest in where they are going, what they are doing, and with whom.
    • Set clear limits and expectations.
    • Negotiate rules and responsibilities for your teen.
  3. School engagement:
    • Celebrate their work at the school.
    • Get to know their teachers.
    • Encourage them to discover and participate in extra-curricular activities.
    • Find out how you can be involved as a parent volunteer.
  4. Community engagement:
  5. Peer connectedness:
    • Get to know their friends…and their friend’s parents.
    • Provide a welcoming environment for their friends at your home.
    • Role model what “friendliness” and acceptance looks like.
    • Discuss friendship skills like empathy, listening, respect and trust.