How to give the quality time your teen needs to deal with society.
Having a busy schedule is common nowadays especially when you have to work even longer hours to make up for lost wages, and pass due bills, etc. We try to fit the quality time in and sometimes it just doesn’t work, but if you can write or text you may have it worked out at least for the times you cannot be in their presence.
You want to be able to connect with your teen so that they’ll know that you mean what you say and say what you mean. Tell them about the things that could cost them their life and fill them in on being leaders-not followers. Teach them how to protect themselves and how to avoid costly mistakes, even if you have to share a story of your own.
We all have seen those teens that shy away from their parents when asked “Are you on drugs?” Well there’s a sign of guilt right there. As I can remember as a teen; if I was innocent…I could look into my parents eyes and say “No!” This showed them that I wasn’t lying and I didn’t have to lie about it. The eye contact gives you another clue in most cases.
Another thing is attitude, if your teen’s attitude has suddenly changed for worst; you need to seek professional help if necessary. We want the best for them and we can’t be everywhere they are, but we can get them into more constructive things such as learning how to be more active in sports, music, writing, and working. Teach them in their early years and it may be a lesson well taught.