10 Tips for Parents :: TIP 3&4
The SRA (sexual risk avoidance) community has reviewed research about parental influences on children's sexual behavior and talked to many experts in the field, as well as to teens and parents themselves. From research, it is clear that there is much parents and adults can do to help their children choose sexual integrity.
Many of these ideas presented in this blog series will seem familiar because they articulate what parents already know from experience, like the importance of maintaining strong, close relationships with children and teens, setting clear expectations for them, and communicating honestly and often with them about important matters. Research supports these common sense ideas. DCO hopes that these tips can increase the ability of parents to help their children choose sexual integrity.
So for the month of October, we will be releasing blog post titled 10 Tips for Parents throughout the month! If you have somehow stumbled across this blog, today is TIP THREE & FOUR.
Supervise and monitor your children and adolescents
Establish rules, curfews, and standards of expected behavior, preferably through an open process of family discussion and respectful communication. If your children get out of school at 3 pm and you don't get home from work until 6 pm, who is responsible for making certain that your children are safe but also are engaged in useful activities? Where are they when they go out with friends? Who are they friends with on Snapchat and Instagram? Are there adults around who are in charge? Supervising and monitoring your kids' whereabouts doesn't make you a nag, or nosey; it makes you a parent.
Know your children's friends and families
Friends have such a strong influence on each other, so help your children and teenagers become friends with kids whose families share your values. Some parents of teens even arrange to meet with the parents of their children's friends to establish common rules and expectations. It is easier to enforce a curfew that all your children's friends share rather than one that makes him or her different- but even if your views don't match those of other parents, hold fast to your convictions. Welcome your children's friends into your home and talk to them warmly and openly.
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