Define age-appropriate responsibilities and expectations for your teens. Teenagers are capable of responsibilities that include making their own lunch, completing homework on time, bringing what they need to school and communicating in advance if they need transportation. If they don’t act responsibly and fail to meet established expectations, allow them to experience the natural consequences as a way of learning from their mistakes. In other words, don’t bail them out.
Parenting tip: Children need their parents to be authority figures, not friends. If your child listens to you, but does not always like you, then that’s a good sign you are doing your job.
Your questions can be answered by Dr. Kate Roberts in an upcoming column. She can be reached at email@example.com. Roberts is a licensed psychologist with offices in Salem and Hamilton. Her private practice helps parents, children and families develop strategies to work through and solve their problems.