Rules and Consequences

When you have only a few rules or requests, kids will remember them. When you design the rules to keep them safe, they make sense and teens will respect them. And when you involve teens in helping create the rules, they will follow them. Keep it simple, focus on safety, and make them part of the process: the three necessary ingredients for discipline. Teens learn best when they understand that there are consequences for their actions, which teaches them to make wise decisions and have self-control. So be firm AND flexible in the right amounts.

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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.

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