Help with Troublesome Teens

This article in the SCMP offers some practical suggestions about dealing with difficult or troublesome teens. The advice offered is broken into three main parts:

  • Help with decision-making – Help teens make decisions and explain why something may not be in their best interest. Be a non-judgmental source of advice and encourage your child to share with you, talking through options.
  • Natural consequences work best – When possible, let natural consequences help your teen learn his or her lesson. 
  • Stay calm, if humanly possible – Take deep breaths, remind yourself that anger is not going to help anything.

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