Parents hosting teen parties

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Parents hosting teen parties

Is it safer for parents to host a teen party at their house because it's safer? Absolutely not. I completely disagree. I think what it does is that it communicates the wrong message to the teens that it is okay, as long as it is in your home. That is a mixed message. All the parents that I deal with are furious at the parents that are hosting parties at their house. I think the parents that are hosting need to understand is that it's a huge liability for them. If they provide alcohol or if the kids bring it in and drink it under their roof, they are liable for everything that happens. Every year in my practice, there is at least one or two kids that I see in the community, that ultimately die in somebody's house. They look like they are drunk and they need to go to sleep, and they wake up in the morning and find that kid dead. That family has the potential to lose everything they own.

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Jerry Weichman, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Jerry Weichman is a licensed psychologist and adolescent specialist as well as an author, speaker and parenting expert. His clinical practice at Hoag Hospital's Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California provides a window on contemporary teen and pre-teen behavior.

“Dr. Jerry” as his adolescent patients call him, is a young PhD who really relates to teens, speaks their lingo and has felt their pain. Author of the teen survival guide, How to Deal, and noted media expert on teen issues, Dr. Jerry is focused on helping teens cope with parents, teachers, friends and academic pressure, communicating with them in a way they understand to help successfully navigate the dramas and pressures of adolescence.

Dr. Jerry's popular speeches, lectures and seminars have presented assemblies of students, teachers, parents and administrators with practical approaches on how today’s teens can overcome the trials and tribulations of growing up, from coping with bullying to meeting parental academic expectations to walking away from drugs and other self-destructive behaviors. Jerry also sits on the board of directors for the Bullying Prevention Initiative of California and just recently sat on an expert panel for a screening of the documentary Bully.

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