Pushing against boundaries is part of growing up. You can give your teenager limits to help them learn to take responsibility for their actions.
House rules benefit the whole family, because everyone knows what’s expected of them. They work best when everyone gets involved.
Let your teenager help pick the house rules, as well as the consequences for breaking them. Do this as a family and make sure everyone gets a say.
Good rules are those that benefit everyone, or that help your child stay safe and learn useful skills. For example:
The rules should apply to everyone, but you can tailor the consequences by age if you need to. Consequences can include things like:
Letting your children pick the consequences makes sticking to the rules more meaningful.
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