Parenting teenagers doesn’t come with a manual. These hands-on tips from the Centers for Disease Control can to help.
Talk with teens about concerns and pay attention to behavior changes. Ask about suicidal thoughts; asking will not cause teens to have these thoughts, but it will show you care. Seek professional help if necessary.
Show interest in school and extracurricular interests and activities; encourage involvement in activities.
Encourage teens to volunteer and become involved in their community.
Compliment your teen and celebrate efforts and accomplishments.
Show affection; spend time together doing things you enjoy.
Respect your teen’s opinion. Listen without playing down concerns.
Help your teen to problem solve and make good decisions. Be available for advice and support.
Encourage good decisions about social media.
If your teen works, talk about expectations, responsibilities and behaving respectfully.
Help teens plan ahead for difficult/uncomfortable situations (what to do if someone is using drugs, under pressure to have sex or offered a ride by someone who has been drinking).
Respect your teen’s need for privacy.
Encourage healthy sleep, exercise and eating habits.