When are children become teens is often a difficult time for both parents and teens. It’s a time to remember to enforce boundaries. Your not only helping yourself but your teen as well.
Family rules and boundaries can provide a sense of stability to teenagers who are struggling to decipher relationships, roles, and even their own personalities. Although they may protest loudly against structure and boundaries, when they have a hand in what is being asked of them, and when those boundaries are firm but fair, teenagers will feel empowered.
Setting boundaries with teenagers is difficult, but it is critical if teens are to learn that their behavior has consequences. Some of the challenges of enforcing rules can be eliminated by engaging children in the process of setting the rules and assigning consequences before the rules are broken.
When parents include teenagers in establishing clear rules about appropriate behavior and consequences, the arguments over rules and possible consequences are lessened. Teens can no longer claim that consequences or expectations are unfair, and parents…
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