Get through to your teenager with clear limits, empathetic communication, and brief, direct messaging.
Restrictions for teens like city-wide curfews or rules about driving with passengers are backed by science and exist for teens’ safety — insist that teens follow them.
Teens crave limits, so set clear rules with your teen’s input, and provide logic-based consequences for failing to follow through.
Teenagers’ views exchange more emotionally than parents. To keep tempers from boiling over during a heated discussion, express your viewpoint in 25 words or less, then declare a cool-down break.
Teenagers are still learning the give-and-take of adult social interaction. Giving them the chance to negotiate about rules, curfews, and limits builds this critical skill set.
Sources: Sheryl Feinstein, PhD, and Laurence Steinberg, PhD.
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