“Train up a child in the way he should go and even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
The home is supposed to be many things. It is to be a shelter, a safe place from the outside world. A place where family is, hopefully the support system of our lives. It is also supposed to be a training ground for the children who grow up in it. The discussion for the month of May: How to train your children for social interactions. A goal of parenting is to prepare our children for every aspect of life before they leave the home. Sadly, many freshman hit college campuses very unprepared for the social temptations that are there.
One of those parent training goals: give a child/teen the ability to make the right decisions when they face temptations. Parents cannot ignore this area of training just because it may be scary. You will be doing your child a disservice and they will be unprepared to face some of the challenges ahead of them as they leave home.