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Six Important Lessons Every Parent Should Teach Their Teen

One of the jobs parents have is to help prepare teens for adult life. This means teaching your teen basic and sometimes difficult things that will make a real difference in the future. Exactly what you need to teach can seem overwhelming at first. Parents should teach their teens six important lessons.

Stay Away From Drugs

A very important lesson to teach teens is to stay away from drugs. Narcotics are prevalent in many neighborhoods across the country. Friends and neighbors might try to pressure your teen into trying addictive drugs. You want to have an honest talk about the dangers of illegal drugs.

Respect the Property of Others

Teens can get into trouble when they damage or steal something belonging to someone else. You need to teach your teen respect for the property of others. This includes average people and business owners. A few words about this will help to stop your teen from getting involved in theft, vandalism and trespassing.

Manners and Etiquette

You want your teen to enter adulthood with the best chance of succeeding. This is why you need to teach your teen manners and proper social etiquette. This includes respectfully interacting with people and providing common courtesies to others. This will help in school and work in the future.

Never Drive Drunk

You must talk to your teen about the dangers of drunk driving. A single drunk driving incident could result in legal penalties that include jail time, fines and a permanent conviction on the record. Drunk driving could even kill another person. You must stress how dangerous it is to drink and drive. DUI lawyers in Arizona can help with legal trouble, but your teens should know how dangerous drunk driving can be.

Do Not Bully Other People

If your teen regularly bullies other people, then the consequences could be dire. Your teen could be convicted of a crime or expelled from school. Bullying also creates potentially violent social conflicts. Have a talk with your teen about why bullying is wrong.

Personal Responsibility

The final important lesson parents should teach their teens is personal responsibility. Be certain your teen understands to take responsibility for all personal actions and decisions. This will instill a good work ethic and keep your teen out of trouble caused by lying or attempting to evading responsibility.

You want to teach your teen these lessons through meaningful conversations and through examples in everyday life. You should be leading by example as well. A few simple lessons can prevent your teen from getting into legal trouble that could have long-lasting consequences. They also provide a firm foundation for adult life.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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