It’s not uncommon for your previously polite and well-mannered child to turn into a rude and disobedient teenager.
It can be pretty frustrating for any parent who truly desires to raise awesome and effective children.
Well, while it’s important that you don’t allow an ill-mannered young adult to be bred right under your nose, there are a few tips I want to share with you when this begins to happen.
1. Set clear expectations of the kind of behaviour you want to see in your teen.
Communicate what these expectations are to your teen and the consequences that you will implement if they don’t meet the expectations.
2. Ensure your expectations from your teens are realistic.
For example, if most of your teen’s friends are allowed to remain out on school nights until 7 p.m. and you impose a curfew at 5 p.m., your teen might view you as unreasonable and feel justified in disobeying.
3. Form a partnership with your teenager. Involve your teen in the process of setting rules and consequences.
Although it’s unlikely you’ll agree on everything, your teen will, at least, feel heard and you’ll have had the opportunity to explain your rationale behind the rules.
Make sure the consequences fit the offence.
I love you, I love your teenager.
Your favourite family physician.