• In spite of how they may act, teenagers really do care about what their parents think.
  • Make time to talk with your teens about important health risks.
  • Listen to what they have to say
  • Family dinners are an important time to check-in with your teen.
  • Teens that have family dinners 3-7 times per week are 3x less likely to drink , and 2x less likely to smoke cigarettes compared to those with fewer family dinners.
  • Find other opportunities to stay involved in your child's life, such as attending their games, concerts and performances, or watching television together.
  • Talking with your teens frequently about the dangers of drug use makes them less likely to use drugs, as does setting clear rules about no drug use.
  • If your teen breaks the rule, set a reasonable consequence and enforce it consistently.
  • Some people believe that European teens have fewer problems with alcohol because of the lower legal drinking age and greater societal tolerance.
  • Research shows that European teens are 2-3x more likely to binge drink compared to American teens.