“If teenagers are going to experiment, perhaps it’s better they do so on your watch”
She says that some parents are “not only happy for their children to have a drink or few at home” but will also “offer them a joint”.
“They grew up doing it, they still enjoy a smoke, and don’t see the problem with it,” she said.
On the subject of teenage house parties she says that many parents decide it’s the lesser of two evils to allow teens to host parties at home – where at least the parents can keep an eye on proceedings – rather then let them drink and take drugs elsewhere.
“If the alternatives are fake IDs or drinking in bus shelters,” she says, “then coming to some sort of domestic arrangement feels infinitely preferable.
“If teenagers are going to experiment, perhaps it’s better they do so on your watch.”
She warns, though, that parents should talk through their kids’ social media privacy settings before any invitations are issued.
It’s all too easy to set the visibility of a house party announcement to ‘Public’ and end up with a miniature riot on your hands
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