What to do when your teen is going to a party

Judge Michael Fields explains how to talk to your kids about parties, drugs, and alcohol, as well as conversing with other parents about what is happening at their homes.
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What to do when your teen is going to a party

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How should parents handle social interactions with other kids, parties, things like that? Personally, I don't let my children go to anyone's house if I haven't met the parents. And before they go to a party, I want to speak to those parents to find out if they know a party is going on. Because we all know, having been kids at one point, there are parties that you go to that parents know about, and there are parties that you go to and only the kids know about them. So I don't want my kids at a party that jumps off because the parents are out of town and it's an opportune moment to do a whole bunch of things that we shouldn't be doing. That's about having real world conversations with your kids and those conversations need to take place on the way to soccer practice. They need to take place on the way to school. They need to take place whenever you have a moment to talk with them and it doesn't have to be some structured, ABC after school kid's moment, but you do have to get with your kids everyday and just speak with them about what's going on with them about alcohol, about drugs. They want to talk about it. You just have to open the conversation.
TEEN, Substance Use, Alcohol Use

Judge Michael Fields explains how to talk to your kids about parties, drugs, and alcohol, as well as conversing with other parents about what is happening at their homes.

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Michael R. Fields, J.D.

Judge, Harris County Criminal Court #14

Michael Fields received a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice from Texas State University and a Law Degree from St. Mary's University School of Law. After Law School, he joined the Harris County District Attorney's office where he served as an Assistant District Attorney. From there, he worked for the Texas Attorney General's Office in the Prosecutor Assistance Division before starting a private Law practice. Michael then ran for Judge of County Criminal Court 14 in Harris County, won the primary, and took the bench in 1999. Currently, Mr. Fields serves on the Board of the Houston Community Center for the Performing and Visual Arts. He has also served as the Chairman of the Harris County Bail Bond Board, on the Board of Trustees of the Lone Star Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Board of Directors for Hope for Families, and on the Advisory Counsel of the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs.

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