Parent/Peer Approval Strong Influence
A teen’s #1 influence in their decision not to drink or misuse drugs is their parents. Seeking approval from friends is a close second:
Try spending some screen-free, one-on-one time with your teen while driving them to practice, school, or an appointment; or right before saying good night. Tune in to how your teen is handling the social pressures; even if they tell you they don’t want to talk, keep the lines of conversation open: “You can talk to me anytime, and I will be ready to listen.”
It’s not one 60-minute conversation.
It’s 60 one-minute conversations.