The article is featured in the current issue of “Raising Teens” magazine. You can pick up a free copy in one of our offices.
Lauren’s tips from the article “Teen Time-outs, Tips for Managing Temperamental Teen Behavior”:
- It all begins with parents learning how to adapt their parenting style as their child grows up, and that may mean choosing to take a step back and letting kids learn from their own mistakes from time to time.
- If your child is 14 or 15 and you’re disciplining as though they were 6 or 7, then they’re going to continue to behave like 6- or 7-year olds.
- For a tween or teenager, sometimes parents have to learn how to create some distance and let their kids figure things out on their own.
- It’s most effective when parents sit down with their teenager and create the rules and consequences together; that way, if they break a rule, there’s less likely to be a big debate or argument about it.
- If your child breaks curfew and you don’t want them to do it again, then there has to be some kind of immediate consequence, and it has to be related to that behavior.
- Taking away their laptop for a month doesn’t make sense… instead, maybe it’s that they have to come home three hours early the next night, or not go out at all.
We’re thrilled to be able to offer our expert advice to the readers of this magazine, and to all of you!
Call us if you need help parenting your teen. We’re here to help.