Setting Limits For Your Teen: Avoiding the “Cool Parent” Trap

Setting boundaries can be difficult. Most teens have negative reactions to rules they consider unfair. However teens need limits, and many appreciate the boundaries. Studies show juvenile delinquency is most associated with permissive, “cool” parents. Your rules show you care. Here are some ideas to help you approach the situation. First, it’s important to think before you speak. Take time to make an informed decision, and once you calmly deliver your decision, give your teen space and time to process the news. Take time later to explain your decision, but don’t expect your child to understand. Remember, you can always change your mind if you realize you’ve made a mistake.

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