Moms Talk Q&A: What To Do About Rebellious Teens
Are you "too friendly" with your teenager? Which parenting methods work, and which don't?
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This week's discussion is based on the topic of Patch contributor Diana Weber's latest Parenting 2.0 column, in which she talked with noted parenting author Lisa Hein. In it, they talked about how to deal with a rebellious teenager:
Hein explained that parents need to draw the line between being a friend and a parent. That’s not negotiable. Kids have enough friends, she said. They need a parent who has a backbone and thick skin.
What's your take? Are you "too friendly" with your teen? What's your experience been like as the parent of a rebellious teenager?
Hein recommends taking away personal belongings or restricting Internet or texting privileges when kids are acting out. In your experience, does this work? What parenting methods do you use? What's the biggest challenge of raising a teen today? Post your comments below, and let's get the conversation started.