How to Influence your Teen

If I had one message to give to the parents of teenagers it would be this:  Please remember that you still have the greatest influence on your son or daughter.  We have heard so much about peer pressure, that many parents have given up on trying to influence their teen.  All of the research indicates that parents have far more influence on the behavior of teens than do their peers.  Your own behavior is your greatest influence.  If you are a person of honesty, loyalty, and commitment, you are greatly influencing your teen.  If you give them a model of a loving marriage you are creating for them emotional security.  Teens respect parents of integrity.  They want you to be their hero.