Being a parent is a 24/7 job whether one likes it or not.
How are you doing when it comes to keeping your old child or children from falling in with the wrong crowd?
For many parents, this is one of the fears they have as their children get older. Whether it is one or more kids they meet in or out of school, they can be with some ill-intention youngsters. Those relationships can damage the relationship parents have forged with their kids.
If you feel as if your child has fallen in with some suspicious older kids, what can you do about it?
Be Aware of What Your Children Are up to
For less chance of your child end up on the wrong side as they go through teenage years, keep these pointers in mind:
1.Know who they run with
Even though you can’t be with your child 24/7, you can know more times than not who they are hanging out with.
If you feel one or more of those individuals they spend a lot of time with may be bad news, what options are on the table?
For one, would you consider a background check?
Although extreme to some, others would have no hesitation with a little research. No, it isn’t something you should be doing with every friend your child has. That said it could prove handy when you have suspicions about one or more of them.
Such suspicions could include:
· Criminal matters
· Putting your child in danger
· Causing problems in and out of school
There is also the option of turning to driving records to find out more info.
So, would you do a license plate lookup on one or more of your child’s friends?
An example of this is getting the license plate of the vehicle one of your child’s friends is driving.
From there, go online to see if the owner of that car or truck has a history of accidents and DUI stops. Although it can take some digging on your part, it can prove quite worthwhile.
Remember, only one accident involving your child can change your lives forever.
2.Remind them of all they’ve worked for
If your child does well in school, it serves as a daily reminder of all they could lose if they hang with the wrong people.
For some, grades and extracurricular activities end up punching their tickets to college. If they make one misstep along the way, those dreams could be gone forever.
Although you can’t and shouldn’t have to babysit them, remind them that their focus has to be in the right places.
In today’s digital age, a DUI infraction or other criminal activity can end up on various online news sites. As a result, a college or university can oftentimes get its hands on such information. When it does, it could have a negative impact for your child.
While lecturing and talking down to your children is never advised, do show them that you do care. Asking them how their day went and letting them know they can come to you are two ways to stay in touch.
By being a sound role model, along with keeping focus on all the positives, they are likely to be in with the right crowd.