Teen smoking is more common among teens whose parents smoke. The earlier you stop smoking, the less likely your teen is to become a smoker. In the meantime, don't smoke in the house, in the car or in front of your teen, and don't leave cigarettes where your teen might find them.Explain to your teen how unhappy you are with your smoking, how difficult it is to quit and that you'll keep trying until you stop smoking for good. Ask your teen how he or she feels about smoking and if any of your teen's friends smoke.
Teen smoking can be a form of rebellion or a way to fit in with a particular group of friends. Applaud your teen's good choices, and talk about the consequences of bad choices.
You might also talk with your teen about how tobacco companies try to influence ideas about smoking — such as through advertisements or product placement in movies that create the perception that smoking is glamorous and more prevalent than it really is.
It's important to talk to your tween about sexuality in the digital age too.
Establish rules about sexting or sharing explicit content on social media.
But don't think of this as 'the talk.' Your child will need to hear these messages many times over the next few years.
And as he matures, he'll need more information from you.
The same goes for teens who feel close to their parents. Smoking can leave you with a chronic cough and less energy for sports and other fun activities. Help your teen calculate the weekly, monthly or yearly cost of smoking a pack a day.
You might compare the cost of smoking with that of electronic devices, clothes or other teen essentials.
Your best bet is to help your child learn how to handle a young crush in a healthy way.
Allow Supervised Activities While you certainly don't want to encourage two tweens to spend countless hour alone together, you can allow them to be active together.
Competitive swimming and tennis require such a refined skill set.