Shailene Woodley: Parents, Be Open With Your Kids

Shailene Woodley: Parents, Be Open With Your Kids

The Secret Life of the American Teenager‘s Shailene Woodley and on-screen mom Molly Ringwald hit up The View Friday morning (February 6) to talk about all things teenager.

Shailene, 17, voiced her opinion on what parents should be doing to communicate better with their own teenagers.

She shared, “Be open with their kids. A lot of parents say you’re not allowed to drink, you’re not allowed to parties, and that makes kids want to rebel. I feel like if parents are like, ‘If you’re going to go to a party, and you’re going to drink, then I’ll be here and I’ll pick you up. Call me.’ I think if parents have an open relationship with teenagers, their teenager be more willing to tell them about things.”

Check out the full interview @ ABC.com.

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  • riana

    who is she???

  • Lauren

    i love shailene woodley, shes an amazing actress!

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  • alicia

    She is absolutely right. I am 24 years old and when I was a teenager I told my mom everything. When I had my first drink I told her about it. She told me as long as I didn’t drink and drive or get into a car with someone who was drinking she wasn’t worried.

  • laura

    i thought they could has asked shailene more questions instead of making it more of a molly ringwald questionnaire. dont get me wrong, i like molly too, but they could have been a bit more fair. shailene looked awesome that day, by the way. loved her hair!

  • http://www.alwaysvj.com Carol

    I liked her answer.
    My mom is that way with my sister, she lets her go out to parties (she’s 18) and she knows that she drinks when she goes. I mean my mom doesn’t like it, but she knows that she’s just gonna do it anyway and my mom would 1) rather say on her good side and 2) know where she is and who she’s with incase anything happens.

    I love the secret life of the american teenager :D

  • Madison

    She is beautiful, naturally.

    She’s gonna be a role model once she starts doing other movies and shows, hopefully.

  • erin

    i disagree entirely. my parents raised me from birth practically to know that its wrong to drink underage and we don’t believe in premarital sex. i’ve done neither and i’m almost 19. parents are just that, parents. they need to set rules and boundaries. kids need that discipline or, a lot of times, they grow up to be out of control. i think parents who do that, or the whole “if you’re going to drink, do it in our house” are ridiculous and just afraid their kids will hate them if they say no. i already stated how my parents raised me, and i still tell my mom everything. i never had a desire to go out and party because of the way i was raised. there’s a balance, if you’re all “YOU MAY NOT DO THAT!” i might have wanted to rebel, but it was just ALWAYS stated to me ever since i can remember that it’s not a good thing to do and it’s wrong.

  • Nicolette

    She’s entirely right.
    I’m a teenager, and when my parents force not me to do things, and say i can’t do it and there on my case, it makes me want to do it more. Just Cause It feels like your always telling them what to do and how to live there life. you should learn that yeah you had your time to live your life and make your mistakes, but let your kids make the mistakes so they learn from it and know not to do it again, i’m learning that slowly. You need to learn and give them their space and they’ll know whats right & wrong.

  • joanne

    i love her :) & her show , yeah friggen amazing <3

    i agree with what she says though :] my parents alawys telling me not to do this and not to that … i usually end up doing it xD lmao .

  • wtf

    she is basically telling parents to tell their kids “hey if you drink underage just tell me first and it will be ok”
    drinking underage is illegal and parents need to teach their kids what is right and what is wrong. You can still be open with your kids and teach them right from wrong.

  • heheh

    She is soo overrated and so not true!! Parents need to put their foot down for these kind of things! Cause it could save their teen alot of trouble. Sure they might be mad for a bit, but they’ll get over it and think I am glad they didn’t let me go there back when I was a kid. PLEASE PARENTS DON’T HEED HER DUMB ADVICE!
    this coming from a teen who doesn’t want to see all of our teenagers be like HER! blech!

  • amelia

    I agree 100 percent with #9!
    I was raised the same way and my relationship with my parents is absolutely fine! and im18 and I don’t like drinking or any of that party stuff.

  • ~m~

    I agree completely.

    Telling kids they can’t drink won’t stop it, it will just make them sneak around instead and they are more likely to get into trouble because they are going to such lengths to try to hide it ex. Getting in a car with someone who is drunk instead of calling for a ride

  • Julie

    I completely disagree with her opinion. I have friends whose parents are like that. They don’t care if their kid goes to a party and drinks underage. And those kids are the ones that have no boundaries in life. They are drunk every weekend, on drugs, and throwing their life away. They don’t have a strong conscience, because they never had to. However, my parents were firm with their rules and standards. And I grew up with a strong willpower to say no to things I didn’t need to be involved in. Parents need to stop being afraid of their kids hating them. It’s a parent’s job to raise a child with the tools they need to succeed. Your kids may not think you are the coolest, but they will respect you.

  • Lisa

    You guys don’t know who Shailene Woodly is? Don’t you guys watch the Secret Life of the American Teenager? She is AMY the main character the pregant girl, DUHH!

    i love the show

  • .

    i agree with #9 and #14 i respect my parents a lot not to rebel

  • lesha

    oh hell no. parents need to lay down the rules. yes, kids may rebel, but thats what they learn from. either way kids are going to what they way; so its either have parents actually be parents about it or try to be your best friend about it.

    i already know no matter what my parents are going to be there for me, but there are rules and boundaries. disappointing my parents is enough for me refrain from doing a lot of things; cant say im perfect but there is no way id be the person i am today if my parents just went along with everything i did.

    i know plenty of people who said their parents let them do what they want, and in the long run, hated them for it. teenagers may think its better but a parent is always meant to be your best friend. they are meant to be parent.

  • lesha

    isnt always*

  • http://justjaredjr.com patricia20

    worst actress EVER
    and i think she look mousy

  • sarah

    I agree with her. I don’t think you should openly tell your parents everything but I do think kids need space to try out things for themselves and learn from their mistakes. People who say she’s wrong and their parents have brought them up correctly yada yada yada just arn’t into partying like the majority of teens are.

    And also I don’t watch the show all that much but wow she is gorgeous!

  • Emmy

    I completely disagree with her statement. I am 17 years old, and I do not disobey my parents rule of “no drinking underage”. Although every single one of my friends do, I do not. My parents tell me not to, and so I don’t. It’s that simple. I could definitely get away with it, but what’s the point? To go get drunk? To wake up the next morning not exactly sure what happened the night before? To have people talking about the way you acted the night before, when really you didn’t have any control over it? I think the whole drinking thing is overrated. It gets you no where in life. So many people I know have ruined their lives because alcohol. It’s ridiculous. Shailene is practically telling parents to allow their children to drink, so they won’t sneak around and they will be open about things. THAT’S THE COMPLETE OPPOSITE. I do not drink, and I have an amazing relationship with my parents. I am not saying I have an amazing relationship with them because I don’t drink, but because I obey them. Some of my friends’ parents allow them to drink, and they STILL lie to their parents frequently, and are constantly getting into trouble.

    THAT STATEMENT WAS RIDICULOUS.

  • Julie

    This is in a reply to comment 22.
    Firs off, I don’t think that kids need to “try things out for themselves and learn from their mistakes.” I never want my kids to try drugs just to learn that it was wrong. I think that is a a ridiculous cop out. And also, my parents had rules while I was growing up not to drink and do drugs,and I obeyed. But it wasn’t because I wasn’t into the partying scene. I wanted to join in just as much as the next kid. But my parents made sure I knew from right and wrong and they gave me the conviction to stand up for myself and not be persuaded into doing things I’m not ready for. So yes, it is important to be open with your kids. But it’s more important for kids to grow up with a strong conscience.

  • kenzie

    my mom always tells me that if I smoke, drink or anything then to tell her. She prefers beforehand though, like if I’m going to a party and I know there will be drinking then to tell her “The party I’m going to might havedrinking and I think I might drink.” I think that when parents restrain their kids itdoes make them want to rebel, we need to make our own mistakes. If you live such a sheltered life when your a kid it only makesit harder when you enter the real world. kids can make their own decisions, parents should just try their best to inspire the best decisions.

  • Chana

    I think every one has their own oppinions but this time im totally agreeing with Shai because it’s so true on what she is talking about and for those of you who dont agree well maybe you have stricter parents or something but she is a good role model!!!

    i <3 you Shaii:D

  • http://sychiara sweet gurl

    I love u shai!