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Can you encourage your teenager to act responsibly?

There is little else as unsettling as a parent than allowing your teenager to go out for the night in Missouri and not being able to monitor his or her behavior. Rather, you have to trust that your child will behave responsibly and not get into trouble, hang around the wrong people and end up paying the consequences. As a parent, some of your concerns may be that your child will get involved in drugs, alcohol or violent crimes that will land him or her behind bars. Fortunately, there are things that you can do to lessen the risks of your child becoming a part of something dangerous. 

One of the most important things that you can do is to discuss right and wrong behavior with your children from a young age. As you reiterate what you have taught, you should be aware of how you behave and demonstrate what you meant by being an example of how you wish for your children to behave. Do not be afraid to talk candidly with your children about how their negative behavior can create danger and eventually result in costly consequences. 

According to Education.com, you should remember to be reasonable when setting limits for your children. Being too overbearing or restrictive can undoubtedly lead to consequences of its own. Rather, allow your children a degree of flexibility, but set clear boundaries and corresponding consequences for poor behavior. That being said, make sure you inform your children of the consequences so they are not caught off guard if you level one against them for inappropriate behavior. It is also important that you regularly reiterate the consequences and that you are consistent in implementing them when poor behavior is shown. 

The information in this article is intended for educational purposes only and should not be taken as legal advice.  

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