National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Teens Talk: "Keep Us Drug Free!" Tips for Parents

WeWrite Teens
Year Published: Not Dated
WeWrite Corporation
U.S. Small Business Administration

This 14-page full-color brochure was developed by teens for parents, providing insight into the world teens experience and the best ways to effectively communicate with them. The brochure contains examples of dialogue with tips for parents that correspond to each of the dialogue examples. Among others, the tips include: guarantee teens that he/she can call a parent if they are having problems, with no questions asked; look for body language and listen to their tone of voice; ask questions; set agreed-up ground rules ahead of time; calmly talk about sensitive situations with no punishment when the teen is being honest; talk when the parent(s) and teen are doing something that they both enjoy; talk in a respectful way to teens; and be a positive role model, since you are an important role model whether you realize it or not.

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