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Spell out rules and consequences

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

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