Question

I want my kid to think of me as a cool parent but at the same time I’ve got to talk to them about alcohol and stuff – tell them not to drink, and I’m not sure how to balance that.

Answer

  • Teenagers don’t want “cool” parents who try to be their friends.
  • Teenagers take advantage of “cool” parents and lose respect for them.
  • To be close with them: listen to them, be there for them.
  • Don’t intrude into their social life.
  • Be a facilitator for healthy activities.