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          How to Talk to Your Teens

          July 10, 2003

          You may have an open dialogue with your child, but are you discussing the tough topics: sex, drugs and drinking?

           
          Cheerleader Gone Bad?
          Brenda says her 17-year-old daughter, Nikki, has traded in her pom-poms for booze, boys and bad behavior. “She’s become this person I don’t know,” says Brenda.

          Gone to Pot
          Bonnie is so concerned about her 15-year-old son, Tyler’s, marijuana use that she gives him random drug tests at home. “I feel like I’ve failed as a parent,” says Bonnie.

          A Secret Life
          Barbara found out her 15-year-old daughter, Ashleigh, has been doing all of the things she swore she wasn’t: having sex, drinking and smoking. “How do I get her to stop?” asks Barbara.



           

          Advice

          Dr. Phil tells these parents and teens that in order to rebuild trust, the children need to be completely honest with their parents. In turn, the parents need to receive that honesty without flying off the handle. It’s also vital that parents and teens reconnect with one another.
           
          How well do you know your teen/parent(s)? To find out, take the same questionnaires that Dr. Phil’s guests took on the show.
           
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