Giving your children a way out of tricky social situations is important. Letting them know they can rely on you without fear of retribution is imperative.
Model for them your own consent process, and help them deeply understand the nuance of desire
Learn the benefits of playing make believe with your kids, how it helps their brains and your bond with them, and get fun ideas for make believe scenarios to try, including playing wild animals on the way to lunch and defending a castle against stinky underwear, in this insightful video.
Engage with your teen by giving them airtime and genuine curiosity to share their perspectives, allowing them to feel heard and seen, which will make them respect you more and see you as an ally in their maturing process.