Parenting Tip Sheets - Teen

Teens need their parents. Every day they have big decisions to make about school, friends, smoking, drugs and drinking.

They welcome hearing “good job” when they make a good choice. After a bad choice, they need you to teach them how to do better next time.

It may be hard for you to stay calm and in control. If what you say and do is not helping, call the Parent Help Line. We will listen. We can help you find answers and make a new plan of action.

Read these tip sheets and try again and again. Learning takes time and patience. Your teen is worth the effort.

A warning about tongue piercing 

Adderall abuse among college students 

Add ICE to your cell phone 

Are your child's shots up-to-date? 

Beware of home drug tests 

Breaking up is hard to do 

Cell phone 101 for parents 

Cheerleading injuries on the rise 

College vs. job: parents' influence on their students 

Coping with an angry teen 

Create a family plan for health and well-being 

Dangers of steroid use 

Dealing with childhood obesity 

Do you practice good listening skills? 

Does your teen want a gap year before college? 

Early admission and your teen 

Embedding: a self-harming behavior in teens 

Facebook: fun or harmful? 

Fall family activities that make long-lasting memories 

Family time makes teens happy 

Family vacation survival tips 

Fathers stay close to your daughters 

From home to college: prepare now 

Fun in the sun can be dangerous 

Gap year opportunities 

Get organized for success 

Go to college - a parent's influence 

Gun safety for families 

Hazing. Is it part of your teen's school activities? 

Help teens prepare for ACT and SAT tests 

Help teens avoid mental health issues 





Help your overweight teen get fit 

Important statistics about cell phones and driving 

Involved parents keep teen drivers safer 

Is your teen old enough to babysit? 

Keep latchkey kids safe and healthy 

Keep your family healthy 

Kids who steal 

Know the facts about concussions 

Know your teen's brain 

Lawnmower safety 

Love, kindness and saying I'm sorry 

Make prom night safe and memorable 

Methamphetamine labs near you 

Missing children: information parents should now

Out--of-school suspension and expulsion 

Paintball safety 

Parent involvement: attend parent-teacher conferences 

Parent-Teacher conferences 

Parents and schools working together to achieve success 

Parents can stop hazing 

Paying for college 

Phone technology can harm your teen 

Portable music players may damage hearing 

Prepare for a new school year 

Prescription drug use among teens 

Prevent your teen from shoplifting 

Protect your family against carbon monoxide poisoning 

Protect your kids from MRSA 

Protect your teen from drug and alcohol use 

Safety tips for social networking sites 

Senior year: prepare your teen to graduate 



Small talk: fun conversations with your teen 

Small talk tips for parents 

Social media sites: both positive and negative 

Spring cleaning with your teen 

Start the school year with good study skills 

Stay in charge when your teen is home alone 

Stop parent/daughter battles over makeup 

Stop the yelling 

Synthetic drugs: parents beware 

Talk to your kids about dating 

Talking to your kids about drugs 

Talk to your teen about organ donation 

Tanning beds harmful to skin 

Teen alcohol and drug use 

Teen relationships may be hurtful 

Teens and energy drinks 

Temporary tattoos 

Test-taking tips 


The dangers of internet socializing 

The teen-school connection 

Time to get help? 

Tips for the flu season 

Tips for parents when talking to teachers 

Tips for teens to stay healthy 

Tips to help overweight children 

Treating teens with antidepressants 

Update on TV and video violence 

Used cell phones and 911 

Violent video games not a good gift choice 

Watch what you say about your teen's weight 

What did you do at school today? 

What makes a family strong? 

What parents say - what parent's mean 

What teen girls do not tell their parents 

When teen's bad behavior becomes too much 

Why kids use performance enhancing drugs 

Why teens make bad choices