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Set an expected outcome

Work toward a desirable – and realistic – outcome.

While it’s good to open up the conversation with your teen in any capacity, your conversation will probably go more smoothly if you have a desirable outcome in mind. It’s a good idea to keep your expectations low – it’s probably not realistic to expect your teen to admit to use immediately and pledge to stop. But a more reasonable objective, like simply expressing that you don’t want her to use, can be a small triumph.

  • Try not to have unrealistic expectations
  • Your teen will probably not admit to use
  • Set a small goal and move toward it
  • Simply expressing to them that you don’t want them using is a good goal

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