If you explain your reason for making a decision, you'll help them to know how to make good decisions themselves. For instance tell them you want them home by a certain time because after that the streets aren't safe. Even if they don't respect it now, they will as adults.
6. Stand up for your teen
Back them up. They need to know you're behind them.
7. Tune in
Know what music they're listening to and everything they're involved in.. the names of their friends (and their parents). Check out their bedroom and downloads. If you don't you're shirking your responsibilities.
It's good to have rules, but if there are exceptional circumstances, it?s OK to bend them.
9. Share your interests
Shared interests mean you understand each other better. You learn together and share experiences. Believe it or not your teen wants to have some connection with you besides arguing over the car keys.
10. Keep talking even when they won't listen
This is a secret, but teens do listen to their parents. Even when they're yelling, your words do stick. Tell them what you think about smoking, drugs, sex and it will get through, even if it looks like it hasn't. If you don't, you're neglecting them.
Jay McGraw is the author of Life Strategies For Teens, Simon & Schuster
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