Being Careful About Who You Surround Yourself With

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You want your teen to be happy.

That said you also want to make sure your teen’s well-being is always a top priority.

In many instances, trying to mesh happiness and well-being together can prove tricky.

So, what should you do when you suspect one or more of your teen’s friends may be a bad influence on them?

It can be difficult when you go to your teen and suggest they should stop hanging out with one or more people.

With that in mind, what call will you make?

Is It Time for a Little Investigative Work?

In trying to do what you feel is best for your teen, keep these pointers in mind:

1. Friends – In trying to determine if your teen is in with the wrong crowd, do your best to get to know their friends. This is something you can do in several ways. First, you can tell your teen to invite one or more friends over to the home for a get-together with you. You might also meet one or more friends at after-school activities like a football game or play. No matter how you end up meeting them, be vigilant when it comes to talking with them. Doing so allows you to ask questions and of most importance, listen to what they have to say.

2. Research – If not satisfied with answers one of your teen’s friends give, should you go online and research? Doing this helps you to learn more about them through a people search in most cases. Is there someone your teen is hanging out with, yet they’ve done their best to try and shield them from you? If so; how about if you get their phone number? Without being too nosy, you might find another teen’s number that your son or daughter wrote down on a piece of paper. It might have popped up on their phone when they left it sitting around. By proceeding with a reverse phone lookup , you can call the number and find out who it belongs to. Another such option is conducting a license plate search. If the individual is over at your home with a car or truck, get their license plate number. You can then go online and do a license plate lookup. This will let you find out more about them and the vehicle. For instance, have they had one or more accidents with that vehicle? If so, do you want your teen riding in it with them? The more you know, the better prepared you are when you talk to your teen.

3. Listening – Last, conversations with your child in teen years will be important ones. Since you were a teenager at one time, you know all too well how difficult those years can be. By being a friend to your teen, it should make the relationship through even some rough patches. No, that doesn’t mean you give them everything that they want. It does mean that they can come to you and trust you will listen to them. If all you do is judge them, the relationship can turn rocky in a hurry. Always listen to what they have to say before making any decisions.

By keeping your teen healthy and happy, it is a win-win for everyone involved.

So, how do you go about determining if your teen is hanging out with the right people?

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