Is it okay for younger teens to hang out with older teens? For instance, if your teen is a freshman or sophomore, is it okay for them to hang out with a senior? We all know how teens like to hang out at the mall, go to the movies, attend high school games, and go out to eat.
What happens when your teen becomes friends with teens who are older and more mature? Do you let your teen go with an older crowd of friends or do you tell your teen to stick with others who are closer to their age?
My son was friends with a senior and honestly, at first I was a little concerned. My first thought was an older teen could possibly pose some influences, which my son may seem as “cool”. I guess you could say it was the fear of peer pressure, and the greater influences the older teen may have on my son.
However, as a parent I know the importance of keeping the lines of communication open. I could easily talk to my son about resisting negative peer pressure and just hope he makes the right choices based on what we discuss. I don’t have a problem with my teen hanging out with older teens as long as I meet his friends, and my son follows my rules.
How do you feel about your teen hanging out with older teens? Do you allow your teen to hang out with older teens? What are your thoughts?