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Should parents check up on their teen?


Question: Should parents check up on their teen?
Answer: Absolutely. Asking questions like: Where are you going? Who are you going to be with? When will you be home? is a fundamental responsibility of a parent of a teen. Checking every once in a while on the answers your teen gives you will help you trust them more as they want to do more things with your supervision. It's good parenting and can lead to raising a responsible adult.

Taking this to extreme, however, will make your teen resent you and your relationship with them. Balancing your need to keep your teen safe and their need to be independent is not an exact science. Stay with the basics of asking and checking every once in awhile or when you feel your teen is not safe.

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