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Parenting Ideas by Linda

Linda - our New England immigrant - never has anything that catches her off-guard.
Now she is the person everybody in these parts calls whenever they have problem.

Her column is updated every day or thereabouts, so check back often for new secrets and tips.

Preventing Teen Smoking: Peer Influence

A recent study* finds that teens that have friends who smoke are up to 10 times more likely to become regular smokers themselves, compared to teens that do not have cigarette-using friends.

Good Parenting Action Point:

  • If you do not want your teen to smoke observe to see whether they have friends who do.

  • If so, you must make an extra-special effort to counterbalance this negative peer influence. Without lecturing, educate your child as to why you do not want him/her to smoke. Build your case on the many harmful effects associated with smoking (try an Internet search of "teens and smoking", etc.)

  • Attempting to forbid your teen to associate with those who smoke could easily backfire. Try other interventions more likely to work.
  • * Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (8/02)

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    (Please note that these columns are written several weeks in advance so publishing it will be delayed accordingly.)

    Hope this helps tame some of your day-to-day little beasties.


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