Are Important: Tips for Parents
Although children look to their friends
and peers for validation of their behavior, parents continue to play
an important role. This brochure focuses on the importance of peer
relationships as children enter the teen years and encourages parents
to get to know their child's friends. In addition, it offers guidance
on monitoring children's behavior to prevent high-risk activities
that may occur in and outside the home. The brochure reiterates the
Connected Kids theme of clear, consistent, and positive communication.
Parents are encouraged to know their children's whereabouts and to
talk with them openly about expectations for staying in touch.
The brochure also encourages parents to help their child develop a
sense of belonging. Prosocial youth groups and community-based organizations
help promote resilience in youth. Many communities provide opportunities
for young volunteers. In addition to helping the community, service
opportunities also benefit the participating youth.
How to Use This Tool
- With the child listening, ask the parent, "Who is _________'s
best friend?" This initiates a discussion of friendships and
you can learn much observing the child and parent interact.
- Notice whether the patient has a cell phone and use this observation
to initiate a discussion of how the parent monitors the child's
after school activities.
- Discuss friendships and community activities at the same time
you discuss school progress.
Simply asking parents, "Who is your child's best friend?"
can initiate a discussion between the clinician and the parent
in an easy and natural way.
- Many clinicians also use these discussions in the context of
promoting physical activity to prevent obesity and heart disease.
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