Keeping Adolescents Safe

What parents need to consider to keep their adolescents safe.

Keeping Adolescents Safe

Have you had the “big talk” with your preteen or even teen?  Most parents dread the idea of sitting down and discussing the three biggies with their adolescents, namely sex, drugs and alcohol.  But we need to do this and do it often in order to keep them safe says Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine.

“You need to bring it up frequently.  Bring it up once a month, once every other month.  Ask how it’s going, check in with them with regards to what’s going on in school, what their peers are doing, what they’re hearing.  And also it’s important in terms of communicating the protective aspects of any of those three areas. So, how to protect yourself against sexually transmitted diseases. Or how to protect yourself if you go to a party where, for example, there is punch being served and you may not know what’s in the punch. So it has to happen again and again and again for it to be able to really sink in, in a way that will protect them.”

The Parent Report’s guest expert is Julie Ross, author of How to Hug a Porcupine. Adapted from The Parent Report Radio Show.

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