Formulate an idea of what you’d like your rules to be.
It’s a good idea to think through the rules you would like to set-and what the consequences of breaking them will be-before you sit down to have a talk with your teenager. That way you’ll be able to clearly define what you would like the goal of your conversation to be, and you can set a clear next step. For tips on this, be sure to visit the Set Limits section.
- Have an idea of the rules and consequences you’d like to set going in
- Listen to your teen’s feedback and let him help negotiate rules and consequences
- Be sure your spouse knows about and is prepared to enforce these rules
- Don’t set rules you will have no way of enforcing