Monitoring Your Teen: 8 Things Parents Should Know & Do! by Mei Marcie

Teens Parenting
7 years ago

Monitoring Your Teen: 8 Things Parents Should Know & Do!

Do you keep an eye on your teen? Research has shown that teens whose parents monitor them effectively are less likely to have sex at an early age, smoke, drink and skip school. Here are eight tips for parents from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)! 

  • Talk to your teen about his feelings and thoughts. 
  • Know your teen’s friends.
  • Set expectations on when to come home and to call when she’ll be late. 
  • Know your teen’s friends' parents.
  • Watch how your teen spends money. 
  • Keep track of Internet usage. 
  • Pay attention to your teen’s mood and behavior.
  • Make sure your teen knows how to contact you at all times.

Your teen will thank you - one day!

Pam McCormick
Great tip, Mei! My oldest is 16 and since he is my "first teen" I'm still learning.... ;-) I like to have his friends over at our house, so I can get to know them. So when he asks to go with "so and so" I KNOW who they are! :)
Mei Marcie
Yes Pam :) Mine is still a first grader, but I've started a routine to tell each other about our day!
Ann Marie Patitucci
Wonderful advice! I think I'm off to a pretty good start with my 11 & year year old boys but I know it's going to get tougher as they get older. So glad I have my 30Seconds tribe!!

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