Monday, March 27, 2006

Get to know your teenagers

Just because you and your kid were inseperable when s/he was 5 doesn't mean you really know what's going on in his/her world now that s/he's 15. If you've never visited his/her myspace account, do so ... now. The odds are overwhelming that s/he has one. Even more troubling, so do his/her friends (over whom you likely exert little-to-no influence). Be forewarned, however, that what you find there will be disturbing. Resist the urge to explode in anger and issue unenforceable demands about never going online or using myspace again. Use your discoveries to have the kinds of conversations you've long suspected need to be had but might have avoided. Once engaged, remain vigilant. Please, because you love your teenagers, take this warning seriously.


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