Tips for Parents – Are you Setting Rules – By: Larry Lawton

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My teenage son thinks I’m so unfair because I try to set and enforce rules like a reasonable curfew or no going out on school nights. He always argues that none of his friends’ parents set rules. Am I being too strict?

Teenagers have limits in school, business, clubs, politics etc., etc.  Right and wrong must be taught. This is how they learn.  Parents set limits to prepare their kids for life!

Talk to your kids, avoid yelling at them – they will put up a barrier.  Instead, use a calm voice and make respectful and reasonable requests.  Be clear about the consequences if the rules are not followed.

At some point in our youth, most of us tried to extend our curfew or get out of a chore by saying, “Well, so-and-so’s parents don’t have those same rules,” or “Everyone else gets to stay out later.” And I think we’ve all heard the dreaded response, “Well I’m not so-and-so’s parent.”

Times are different now, and with the prevalence of homes with two working parents, parents often don’t want to spend the little time they have together with their kids enforcing rules. Many parents are reluctant to set rules because they don’t want to seem “mean” or “uncool.”

Being a parent is about making the right choices for your child, not worrying about being their friend or buddy.

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