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How do you be firm and consistent when disciplining children?

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Teens are master negotiators and manipulators. They're adept at spotting any sign of parental weakness. When you waffle and give in to their pleas for leniency, they're going to expect the same response every time they misbehave or break a rule.

Being consistent about teen discipline also means that both parents need to be on the same page. If one parent always says "yes" and the other always says "no," your teen is going to know exactly which parent to ask.

While you're being firm, don't forget to also be fair and understanding. A little empathy goes a long way when disciplining teens.

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

SOURCES:

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration web site: "Preventing Kids From Breaking the Rules."

University of Nevada Cooperative Extension: "Logical Consequences & Responsible Teens."

Iowa State University web site: "10 Principles for Parenting Your Teen."

Nemours Foundation: "A Parent's Guide to Surviving the Teen Years."

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry web site: "Facts for Families."

The Ohio State University Extension: "Teen Risk Behavior."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on November 10, 2017

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