"Say to her, ‘If nobody was drinking a beer, would you? '" Teens aren't pairing off just in the evening; they're also hanging out together right after school.The hours between and p.m., when many parents are still at work, are prime time for trouble.(Also, be sure you know the numbers of your child's friends.) Internet sites like myspace.com, facebook.com, and xanga.com, where teens can post pictures and trade messages, allow kids to meet tons of new people.
Meanwhile, victims of relationship abuse share many traits as well, including: physical signs of injury, missing time at work or school, slipping performance at work or school, changes in mood or personality, increased use of drugs or alcohol, and increasing isolation from friends and family.
Researchers at the RAND Corporation have found that teens are more likely to have sex when there is less after-school supervision.
So if your daughter is home when you're not, show up unexpectedly on occasion or ask a friendly neighbor to check up on her.
That's where you come in: Be sure to talk to your child often about what your expectations are, whether they concern sex or drinking or relationships.
And ask your teen to think about what she would do if she weren't in a group, says Sabrina Weill, author of The Real Truth About Teens and Sex.
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