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  • Bradley Hospital Parenting Guide: Teens and Parties

  • Teens and Parties

  • In this guide

    Your responsibilities as a parent of a guest or the host

    Increasing your chances of having a successful party

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    What You Don't Know Can Hurt You

    Adolescence can be a trying time for both teenagers and their parents. Even though it's a stage all adults have been through themselves, dealing with it as a parent is not easy.

    The rites of adolescence, which include sexual development, dating, experimentation of all kinds, first love and lots of other "firsts," scare adults because we see the potential for huge mistakes. Unfortunately, in response, many adults believe that what they don't know can't hurt them when it comes to activities such as teenage parties.

    This couldn't be further from the truth. What you don't know can hurt you and your children.

    Parties that Cause Problems

    The causes of problem parties are lack of adult supervision, "open" invitations and alcohol or drug use.

    If your teen has attended parties of this kind and you are unable to deal with it, seek professional help. If something illegal is occurring, you can call the police. If the problem is a disciplinary issue, you might benefit from expert counseling. 

    Sometimes just a little help can prevent short-term problems from becoming more serious. Professionals can teach you techniques and show you options you might not have considered.

    Call Bradley anytime: 401-432-1000.

    Your responsibilities as a parent of a guest or the host