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As the parent of a teenager, you almost certainly have experienced the moment when you wished your teen would understand you. Just like they want you to understand them, you probably want them to get why you are punishing them. We set limits as parents and teens break those limits. We then have to enforce consequences and become the bad guys. As parents we often feel like the bad guys and some of us actually respond to such feelings. This is referred to as “lowering the bar” for our teens and it is potentially destructive. A good example of lowering the...
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As a parent of teenagers, you will have plenty of stress from the normal rigors of parenting. The teen years are known to be chaotic enough as it is. When you add in the outside influence of less-than-desirable friends, your worry goes through the roof. Flying off the handle and trying to force your will on them will only result in rebellion...what is a parent to do? How can you deal with friends that are bad for your teenager? Here are five ideas to consider:   Get to Know Them You may have a suspicion that a certain friend or set...
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