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A Page Just for Parents updated every Wednesday!         Tools for parenting TEENS and Pre-TEENS!                    

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Most loving Father, 
      
 You are the true example of parenthood, teach us what to give and what to withhold. Show us when to reprove and when to praise. Make us gentle and considerate yet firm and watchful. Keep us from weak indulgence, or from great severity. Give us the courage to be disliked sometimes by our children, when we must do necessary things which are displeasing to their eyes. Give us the imagination to enter into their world in order to understand and guide them.  Give us all the virtues we need to lead them by word and example in the path  of righteousness.  Amen.
 
 
                                   Here's another  tool for your toolbox                                    
This weeks article is from MADD.com
 




Help your son or daughter steer clear of the dangers of underage drinking with these five steps:

Step 1: Think of yourself as a coach
Your role in preventing underage drinking is similar to coaching. You can help your teen by

  • Sharing information
  • Discussing choices and monitoring behavior
  • Helping your teen anticipate and handle challenging situations
  • Cheering your teen on to make smart, safe choices

Step 2: Get busy communicating
Begin a series of conversations with your son or daughter—proactively, before he or she gets caught drinking—about how:

  • Alcohol is a drug with serious sedative effects
  • Drinking has health dangers and other risks for young people
  • It is illegal to drink before the age of 21
  • You want your teen to be safe and respect the law
  • Your teen can plan ways to resist peer pressure to drink

Step 3: Keep track of your teen
You need to know what your teen does after school, at night, and on weekends—and with whom.

  • Agree on rules, limits, and consequences
  • Monitor all in-person and online activities
  • Know your teen’s schedule
  • Make sure he or she has your permission for activities
  • Talk to parents of kids with whom your teen spends time
  • Enforce consequences consistently

Step 4: Show respect and caring
Your teen will respond better when you

  • Listen respectfully to his or her ideas and concerns
  • Explain that rules, limits, and consequences are meant to protect them
  • Help your teen think logically and make smart choices
  • Remind your teen how much you love and care about them

Step 5: Be a positive role model
Your teen will be most receptive to your guidance if you lead by example and act responsibly.


For teens, alcohol is an illegal and dangerous drug.
That’s why parents need to enforce zero tolerance.

My two cents...........

I noticed that in this article they leave out a couple of important points. The first one was, that while they did a great job of talking about "teens" they forgot to mention the many "pre-teens" who have taken up drinking. I am certain that their main focus was driving age young people but unfortunetly many middle schoolers have drinking problems as well.It's Never too ealry to talk to your child about Drinking!!  Secondly .........Don't HOST! I was shocked at the number of parents that allow nderage drinking in their home!! Remeber the number one rule of being a parent is ........ PARENT! They have enough friends. So be brave! Be Bold! Risk being disliked for awhile and Say NO!!  I will continue to pray for you as you contine on the journey of raising a Christ centered teen!