Your children's teenage years can be a difficult time during fatherhood. They want more space and freedom, but you worry constantly about their safety. Depending on who they fall in with at school, they could even begin to show signs of risky behavior.
Smoking marijuana, drinking alcohol and self-harm are just a few of the risky behaviors that teenagers can engage in these days. If you encounter them, it's important to know how to respond to these sensitive issues.
Discuss your values
Taking the time to talk about values with your children can be integral not just in curbing risky behavior, but preventing it as well. Let your son or daughter know how you feel about certain actions and how they're unacceptable in your family. The more respectful and calm you are, the better your children will react.
When it comes down to it, you won't be able to monitor what your kids are doing all the time. Your best course of action is to encourage them to be cautious when deciding to do something. Let yourself become an outlet in case they're in a pickle and need to call you for help.