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At this very moment, you would be surprised to know the number of parents that are arguing, fighting, or negotiating with their teenage child in an effort to make them "follow the rules". What rules are they trying to make their children follow? Well, they aren't actually sure. They just know that they want what is best for their children, and that means their children need to listen to their advice. The problem is: Teenagers are individuals with opinions, thoughts, and voices as well. They seek independence, no matter how strongly they wish to please their parents. Then, one must take into consideration the vast number of daily practices that must have guidelines set on them. Television privileges, cell phone privileges, chores, school responsibilities, dating privileges, religious practices, clothing options, and so much more can be the source of conflict between adults and teenagers. The bottom line is: Without clearly established rules and regulations, your teenager could spiral out of control. Teens need structure and support. As a parent, you want to be their biggest supporter, so I have found a parenting method that takes all of the difficulty out of the "structure" part. Using this method, you can focus your extra time on supporting your child in their positive choices, instead of reprimanding them for making bad decisions.
Teen Behavior Contracts are part of a new parenting trend that is sweeping the nation. The only difference between this one, and all of the other cookie-cutter, helicopter Mom trends is that it is actually proving to be effective. Teen Behavior Contracts are pre-written contracts that are customizable, and specifically designed to address adolescent behavior issues. Your child is going to have to learn the value of signing their name to a contract as they transition into adulthood, so what better way than to teach them this lesson by enforcing the house rules that will keep them safe and on-track? These contracts also bring structure, consistency, and fairness to the "behavior management" process, thereby increasing the likelihood of improved behavior.
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