All Things Teen
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Summer Time Tips for Parents!
This summer many teens will find a summer job to earn extra income. Whether they choose to spend their earnings on gas or going to the movies, the first paycheck gives most teens a taste of independence.This new found independence can sometimes give parents a few gray hairs.
As teens grow into young adults, it’s important that they gradually take on independence. Learning to cope with such freedom teaches responsibility and critical thinking. But despite their growing need for independence, teens want adults to be a committed, consistent support. Instead of being told what NOT to do, teens want to understand the benefits of making wise choices.
Here are a few things parents can do this summer to encourage independence within boundaries:
1. Talk to your teen about consequences. This will help teens visualize the repercussions of their actions and reinforce their decision to make healthy choices.
2. Get informed. Know where your teen is going, who they will be with, what they will be doing and when they will be home.
3. Set up a checking account. Help your teen manage his or her money, learn to balance a check book and begin saving for a future investment.
4. Create an emergency plan. Make sure your teen knows what to do in case of a flat tire, running out of gas, or getting in an accident.
5. Help teens productively fill their "free time." Help your teen find a job, taking them to summer camp or simply take a bike ride together.
6. Communicate! The most important thing a parent can do is talk to their teen. Ask questions, listen and give feedback.