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  • Listen, listen, listen. Find frequent time without the distractions of phones and television to hear whats on your childrens minds.
  • Find a mentor.Some teenagers dont want to confide in their parents, so ensure that your kids have regular talks with other adults they trust.
  • Know your kids friends well. Make sure youre in constant contact with the parents of those friends. Hi, Im hanging out at Tylers house invites fact-checking.
  • Help teens develop a passion,even if its playing the drums loudly enough to shake the house. Spending eight hours a day alone playing video games or messaging unseen and unknown Internet friends doesnt count.
  • Push your kids to do community service. Teenagers enjoy giving to others, but they need encouragement.
  • Dont dismiss brooding or angeras normal teenage angst or a phase, and dont write it off because you were moody yourself as a teen. It could be a sign that your child is struggling with depression or something else.

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