Keep making time for your child throughout the tween and teen years.
But protecting your child from the realities of life takes away valuable learning opportunities -- before they're out on their own.
If you suspect your child is using alcohol or drugs, do not look the other way.
And remember, it's not just illicit drugs that are abused now -- prescription drugs and even cough medicines and household products are also in the mix.
If you find empty cough medicine packaging in your child’s trash or backpack, if bottles of medicine go missing from your cabinet, or if you find unfamiliar pills, pipes, rolling papers, or matches, your child could be abusing drugs.
As their parent, it's up to you to set your family's core values and communicate them through your words and actions.
That's being an authoritative parent, an approach that "helps children develop the skills they need to govern themselves in appropriate ways," Lerner says.
If you put too much emphasis on obedience, you may be able to make your teen or tween fall into line -- but at what price?
Teens raised in rigid environments miss out on the chance to develop problem-solving or leadership skills -- because you're making the decisions for them.
Break the Cycle A national, nonprofit organization (supported by many philanthropic organizations, government entities and senators, and members of the entertainment industry) which addresses teen dating violence, Break the Cycle’s mission is to engage, educate, and empower youth to build lives and communities free from domestic violence.