"Say to her, ‘If nobody was drinking a beer, would you? '" Teens aren't pairing off just in the evening; they're also hanging out together right after school.
The hours between and p.m., when many parents are still at work, are prime time for trouble.
Chances are you won't hear the phone ring-and you won't get to chat (even briefly! Tami Beck, a mother of two in Shawnee, Kansas, remembers when a boy came to pick up her 15-year-old daughter and called from the driveway.
"He pulls in and gets on his cell phone and says, ‘I'm here,'" Beck recalls.
I try to spend this individual time with my children once a month.