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Sex, Drugs and Daughters

When little girls grow up, they don’t always make healthy, wise choices. In fact, peer pressure and the desire to fit in, find friends and have meaning in life can lead teenage girls down paths that are detrimental to their future and well-being. If you’re dealing with a daughter who’s gotten into drugs, drinking and having sex, you need to let her know you are not going to let her continue these behaviors and that you are willing and able to take action. 

This information is included in our Guide to Harmful Behaviors. Click here to see the rest of the guide.

Make a Plan to Address Problem Behavior

Having a plan is the best place to start addressing your daughter’s unhealthy behavior. These six parenting tips can help you get that plan in place:

  1. Write down your expectations for your daughter. 
  2. Write down the negative consequences your daughter will earn if she doesn’t meet your expectations and the positive consequences she’ll earn if she does. 
  3. Discuss what you’ve written with her and ask if she has any questions.
  4. Stick to your expectations and consequences no matter what.   
  5. Praise your daughter when she displays positive behaviors. Be specific.
  6. Let her earn back privileges as she makes good choices.  

In terms of specific behaviors, call the police and report your daughter as a runaway if she leaves home without permission. Do this immediately every time she leaves the house without your permission. If you suspect she is drinking or doing drugs, ask your doctor’s office to do a drug screen or call a local drug and alcohol rehabilitation center and ask for an alcohol and drug assessment for her. 

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