Set Firm Expectations

Teens take risks. But accepting that fact doesn’t mean you should drop all boundaries and tell your teen, “Anything goes!” Instead, your job becomes giving them safe places to take risks by stating your expectations so they’re not compromising their morals or safety during their need for exploration. Think of it as setting up two sets of limits. The first are the ones they can press against, the second mark the start of the no-go zone. This gives them a defined space to take chances as well as clear borders they can’t cross. Everyone’s needs are met!

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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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