Friends are a big part of your children’s lives, so get to know their friends. Talk with your children about their friends and make time to meet them and their parents. Drive your children and their friends to activities to learn more about them. Get their phone numbers, and their parents’ numbers, so you can call if needed.

Promote healthy friendships. “Hanging out” at a friend’s house is fine from time to time, but encourage your child to join clubs, teams, or other activities with their friends. These activities can create healthy friendships and strengthen your children’s ability to make healthy choices.

Effective supervision can be hard as children grow and spend more time outside of your home. They may even resist your efforts as they become more independent. But knowing their schedule, checking in at different times, and talking with other adults in their lives all lead to greater trust.

Encourage your child to join clubs, teams, or other activities with their friends.