Thursday, March 02, 2006

Parenting Teens

I’ve read several comments regarding taking to your kids openly about sex. My husband and I have always talked very openly to our children about sex. One thing that we’ve always believed in is keeping the lines of communication open. We take an active role in their lives and the truth is that it doesn’t matter how active you are in their lives. Our children are bound to make the odd unhealthy decision. We all did as teens.

There are a great number of people that believe if parents educate their children that they are less likely to make unhealthy choices. That's a bunch of hog wash. It just isn’t true.

I do my best to foster healthy and responsible attitudes in both my children. But Mom and Dad can't always be around 24/7 to protect them.

Stop blaming the parent. Teens need to be held accountable for the decisions that they make. Don’t stereotype all parents. Teenagers often rebel against their parents. Teens care more about what their peers say then their parents. Don't assume because a teen makes an unhealthy decision that it's the result of their upbringing.

Raising teenagers is difficult and we just have to hope that we have taught them well, and that they will take everything that we’ve told them and make good healthy decisions for themselves.

Rose DesRochers


Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more teens have to be held accountable for their actions too, when they do something wrong it's not the parent's fault.

And I agree that raising teenagers is difficult, all parents can do is teach them and hope they heed what they have been taught and make good wise decisions.


Rose DesRochers said...

Steve by the time that you're a father or your neice is a teen, you'll have lots of insight. LOL