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Boundaries and Expectations Teens Need (part 3)

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More on youth development and the 40 Developmental Assets needed by 12 to 18 year olds, as described by the Search Institute.

5) Positive Peer Influence: where a teen’s best friends model responsible behavior.
There is no doubt that your teenager’s friends and peers have a profound influence on your kid’s behaviors.

Take an active role in interacting with your kids friends.

Talk to your kids about choosing quality friends. Make sure you are a part of the lives of your kids’ friends and seek to be a positive influence on them as well as your own teens.

Become a great friend of your kid’s friends.

6) High Expectations: where both parent(s) and teachers encourage the young person to do well.
Communicate with your kids, starting at a very early age, about your expectations of them. This type of communication will vary depending your child’s age.

Be very clear about your expectations of them. From the start, develop a great relationship with your children.

Great relationships are what drive effective communication.

Author

Gary L. Hopkins, MD, DrPH, MPH is currently an associate research professor at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan where he is also associate director of the Institute for Prevention of Addictions, Director of the Center for Prevention Research and Director of the Center for Media Impact Research.