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Parenting can be a challenge, especially working out the best way to help your child grow up. Most young people want a good relationship with their family, even if they don't show it.

As they grow up they are figuring out who they are and finding a place in their family and community. They may try to be independent, but they still need you. Show them you care and are interested in what is happening in their life. Try not to interrupt them when they are speaking, and check you have understood them before you speak.

Did You Know 

At some point, your child will make a decision about using alcohol and other drugs. Many young people in New Zealand choose to try it, some of them will get into difficulties because of it, and a few will develop long term problems. There are things you can do as a family to guide your young person and reduce the chance of their running into difficulties or developing long term problems.

Tips for parents and carers

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