Tips for Strategic Teen Discipline During Challenging Times
Tighten the rulesIf they come home late for curfew, then you should make curfew even earlier. Explain to them that they are showing you that they cannot handle the freedom that you are giving them.
Offer reparationWhen your teen breaks something or inappropriately flies off the handle, push them to make amends for their harms as soon as possible. You are showing them how to accept responsibility for their misbehavior so they can immediately repair what they have done and build some character in the process.
Remove their currencyDepending on the teen, there is usually one thing that makes them motivated in life, like a phone, the internet, or virtual money. Taking away this currency will not be easy but may be necessary to get them to understand how serious you are. For this to work, you must remain consistent in your method or they will never respect your disciplinary actions. Being strategic with discipline means that you should be rational and unwavering. Your teen needs your parental guidance, not a pushover, to help them to be the dutiful individual society needs them to be.
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