The nineties have brought some very complicated issues for
teenagers and their families: drugs, alcohol, permissiveness in sex, unwanted
pregnancies, jobs, financial problems, child abuse - both physical and mental...
and the list goes on. Teenagers have more complicated and demanding roles
of decision making than what most of us experienced in high school. It
would seem simple to turn our backs and ignore their subtle cries for help. Yet,
we may be the only target that receives the directed signals. The student
may be breaking rules to gain our attention or just having a difficult time
concentrating in class. Bear in mind, our students involved in extra -
curricular activities are with us (as directors) more hours each week than most
of them spend actively with their parents. We see a side of them that
their parents may not. They look to us as their ideals and pattern their
lives after many of the things we do. It is imperative that we take great
pains to act carefully and know that we are constantly being watched. We
must be their guide both physically and mentally.