Checklist for Parents

Monitoring Your Teen - Checklists:

Before your teen goes out make sure you talk with them about the following:

  • Do you know your curfew?
  • Do you know consequences of breaking curfew?
  • Where are you going?
  • What are you doing?
  • Who will you be with?
  • Will alcohol be present? What will you do if it is?
  • Will there be adult supervision?

When your teen returns, check for the following:

  • Is your teen easily able to talk with you? Are they coherent?
  • Is there a smell of alcohol on clothing or breath?

Talk about what happened while they were out:

  • Were there any problems or peer pressures encountered? If so, how did they handle it? How did they feel about it?
  • Was alcohol present? If so, were they concerned about anybody putting themselves or others at risk? What was or could have been done to prevent problems?
  • Was there adult supervision? Was it adequate to keep people safe?

Ongoing:

  • I know my teens' friends, especially their four best friends.
  • I know the places my teen hangs out.
  • I sometimes show up early or unannounced to a gathering or event.
  • I know the parents of my teens' friends.
  • I talk with the parents of my teens' friends regularly by email & phone.
  • I talk with my teen about alcohol and how to refuse it without embarrassment.
  • I praise and reward good behavior.
  • I follow-through on consequences when rules are broken.
  • I encourage my teen and their friends to have fun without drinking, through other activities, (sports, family activities, hobbies, clubs, etc).
  • I encourage my teen to ask for help on important decisions.
  • I encourage my family to eat dinner together frequently.
  • I do not furnish alcohol to minors.
  • I do not allow teens to consume alcohol in my home.