4. Don't Let Your Kids Use Texting To Isolate You From Their Friends.
"I think this is one of the biggest issues that parents need to face," said Dr. Marlene Maheu, a psychologist and President and CEO of Pioneer Development Resources in San Diego, California. She believes texting undermines your knowledge of who your child is hanging out with. When friends text your son or daughter to go out, you may not know about it and you won't get a chance to meet them. To ensure that you stay abreast of your child's peer relationships, experts suggest parents meet their child's new friends. Make them knock on the door and come in the house. O'Keeffe, the mother of two girls, ages 12 and 14, insists that when her child is being picked up by another parent that her daughter's friends get out of the car and come into the house, instead of just having the parent driver honk the horn—and that her daughter do the same when she's picking up a friend. "Kids hate it, but they have to get used to talking to other adults," she says.
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