Continued from last week In other words, your teenager’s room and phone calls should be private. You also shouldn’t expect your teen to share all thoughts or activities with you at all times. Of course, for safety reasons, you should always know where teens are going, what they’re doing, and with whom, but you don’t need to know every detail. And you definitely shouldn’t expect to be invited along! Monitor What Kids See and Read TV shows, magazines and books, the Internet ” kids have access to tons of information. Be aware of what yours watch and read. Don’t be afraid to set limits on the amount of time spent in front of the computer or the TV. Know what they’re learning from the media and who they may be communicating with online. Make Appropriate Rules Bedtime for a teenager should be age appropriate, just as it was when your child was a baby. Reward your teen for being trustworthy. Does your child keep to a 10 PM curfew? Move it to 10:30 PM. And does a teen always have to go along on family outings? Decide what your expectations are, and don’t be insulted when your growing child doesn’t always want to be with you. Think back: You probably felt the same way about your mom and dad. Will This Ever Be Over? As kids progress through the teen years, you’ll notice a slowing of the highs and lows of adolescence. And, eventually, they’ll become independent, responsible, communicative young adults. So remember the motto of many parents with teens: We’re going through this together, and we’ll come out of it ” together!
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