It’s Midnight. Do You Know Where Your Teen Is? Family Channel -Research shows that during the summer months, there is an increase in the use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs by teens. The reasons for this are consistent with your concerns. Kids are more likeley to use these substances when they are bored and when they have too much unsupervised free time.

Mom and TeenIn addition, during the summer teenagers have more time with their friends—and to make new friends. If they hang out with kids who drink, smoke and sue drugs, they are more likely to do so, too.

It takes a strong mother to question the social plans of a teenager—not to mention that the adolescent years are an important time for kids to learn about earning money, becoming organized, goal-setting, and making active decision about their futures. Click here to read more about this article, by SMW columnist Susan Bartell, Psy.D…

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