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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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If you have teenagers, you know what a roller coaster ride they are on with their self confidence. As a parent, you want to encourage them and help them feel good about themselves. How can you boost your teen's self confidence? Here are several ways to point them in the right direction:   Encourage Your Teen You might feel like you are encouraging your teen enough when you give them a hug and tell them to have a nice day. Give your encouragement some depth by showing your teenager that they truly are precious to you. Send them text messages that...
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