Keeping your teenager out of harm’s way is not always easy.
Take for example when they are hanging out with what you perceive to be the wrong crowd.
That crowd can include teens drinking and then getting behind the wheel. Where do you draw the line when it comes to letting your teen have fun and still doing all you can to keep them safe?
With that being the case, do your best to draw a happy medium.
To start, you don’t want your teen placed in jeopardy time after time. On the flip side, you want to avoid alienating your teen to where they rebel against you.
That said what choice will you make?
Knowing What’s Best for Your Teen
To find a balance between your teen having friends and being safe, remember a few things:
1. Drinking and driving –
There is never a good reason for your teen’s friends or your child to be drinking and driving. In the event you are suspicious of one or more of your teen’s friends and alcohol, where do you turn? Searching DUI records online is one option you might want to go ahead with. There is also the idea of a license plate search to learn about infractions and accidents. If you turn up info that someone was in fact convicted of DUI, your teen should not be riding with them.
2. Setting a curfew –
Remember when you were a teen and your parents had a curfew for you? Having a curfew for your teen is fine. Come to an agreement with them so that there is no temptation to break it often. If your teen is meeting his or her curfew responsibilities, you may want to reward them at some point. Not only will the curfew help to keep them safe, it teaches them responsibility as they move forward in life.
3. Family time –
While no teen wants to be with their family 24/7, encourage them to spend more time with you. This will help to create a closer bond between you and your loved ones. As your teen sees how important family is, they are less inclined to put themselves in bad situations. One such situation would, of course, be drinking and driving.
Talking to Other Parents
One avenue you might have if concerned about one or more of your teen’s friends would be talking to their parents.
Given all family dynamics tend to be different, you may or may not have easy access to other parents. When you do have that option, place a call or meet with them in-person to discuss any concerns.
In doing this, never make it so the situation seems confrontational.
Always approach such a discussion with an open mind and how best to make it work for everyone involved.
That said do you have concerns about any of your teen’s friends?
If you do, don’t wait until it is too late to voice them and look back with regret.