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03 June 2010

Be a parent, not a friend

Parents who impose strict rules on their teenagers have a better chance of raising drug-free children, according to a study by the National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

Parents who impose strict rules on their teenagers have a better chance of raising drug-free children, according to a study by the National Centre on Addiction and Substance Abuse.

While 47 percent of teens living in "hands-on" households reported having an excellent relationship with their fathers and 57 percent an excellent relationship with their mothers, only 13 percent of teens with "hands-off" parents have this relationship with their fathers and 24 percent with their mothers.

  •  Monitor what their teens watch on TV and the Internet
  • Put restrictions on the CDs they buy
  • Know where their teens are after school and on weekends
  • Are told the truth by their teens about where they really are going
  • Are "very aware" of their teens academic performance
  • Impose a curfew
  • Make clear they would be "extremely upset" if their teen used pot
  • Eat dinner with their teens six or seven nights a week
  • Turn off the TV during dinner
  • Assign their teen regular chores, and
  • Have an adult present when the teens return home from school

 
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