Now that my son is 12, it doesn't seem to make any difference
what I say or do. He only listens to his friends.
I guess this is just the way it's going to be for the next several
years. Should I just step back and not waste my breath?
It may seem like everything you say is like blowing in the wind
- but it's not. Take heart! Parents are, in fact,
A recent study
by the Research Institute on Addictions reveals what many
of us know from our own experience -- that both adolescent
girls and adolescent boys whose parents supervise their friendships
and activities are less likely to engage in problem behaviors,
including drinking, and that this is true regardless of race
or income level. If you want to read more, try "Making
a Difference" for reference to the study and some
great ideas about how to build the relationship that will
best protect your child.
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