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Parental Monitoring - Evidence of Benefits

A television broadcaster in the 1960s,  Tom Gregory,  was known for asking parents, "It's 10 p.m.  Do you know where your children are?"  The need for parents to monitor their children's activities is even more important in today's society - and scientific research demonstrates the numerous benefits of parental involvement, especially in the lives of their adolescents. 

Unfortunately many parents don't understand the powerful influence they can have in helping teenagers navigate their adolescent years safely.  Parents also may struggle with the conflict between how much they should be involved and how much they should allow their adolescents to demonstrate independence.

Adolescents are more likely to accept parental monitoring if they have experienced that level of involvement throughout their lives.  So, this newsletter on the Benefits of Parental Monitoring will provide specific suggestions for all parents.

They will also appreciate parental monitoring if they feel well connected to parents who are perceived as loving and nurturing.  See our previous newsletter on Connected Parenting.