How To Set Boundaries

Parents are told, “You need to set boundaries for your teenager,” but few people tell you how. These are our six quick guidelines for setting a boundary that will help your teen grow instead of holding them back: (1) tell them something positive about themselves before you tell them a limit, (2) only talk when you’re calm, (3) explain the difference between privileges and rights, (4) be willing to negotiate, (5) practice what you preach, and (6) be willing to enforce consequences. Repeat with every new boundary you need to set to keep your teen safe while  they explore the world.

Click here for another 100-word parenting tip.

About Melissa Ford

Melissa Ford is the senior strategist at Women Online. As a writer, she covers a diverse range of topics including education, health, technology, and parenting. She is also the mother of amazing twin teens.

Read more articles by this author

Get our weekly newsletter for practical tips to strengthen family connections.