"Here's How You Can Protect Yourself."
Sometimes, your values aren't going to change your teen's mind. If that's the case, you might want to protect your child as best you can from afar. For example, you might want to educate your teen on birth control, or give your kid the number of a cab company in the event that he or she becomes too drunk to drive. Though you may feel that you're enabling your child, you may also be preventing a tragic outcome. Talk to your son about ways to resist peer pressure if he refuses to drop a friend who's been advocating drug use, or speak with your daughter about what a healthy relationship looks like if she insists on dating a guy you suspect is a deadbeat. Your kids may still make decisions that you don't like, but you can help them make responsible, safe decisions.