Teens and tweens test and push boundaries given to them. This is a normal and necessary part of adolescence that should be expected and – believe it or not – encouraged! By questioning what they are expected to do rather than just doing it, tweens and teens are actually learning good reasoning skills, good judgement, and how to make safe decisions.
As part of this process, it is important that parents help to create safe boundaries for adolescents and a willingness to relax those boundaries as their young person demonstrates that certain limits are no longer necessary. This helps teen prepare for independence. Importantly, this type of balanced parenting helps tweens and teens to delay sexual initiation, get better grades, reduce their drinking and drug use, and be a safer driver.
How do you do this – how can you create safe boundaries that can be tested? Check out the original article here to find out how to set limits, communicate with your teen, and help your teen understand limits of boundaries.
This article was originally published by Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC). Read the original article here.
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