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How do you put things in writing to help discipline children?

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So there are no misunderstandings, create a formal list of house rules, or type up a behavior contract that you and your teen sign. Post the list or contract on the fridge or in another central location where your kids won't be able to miss it.

Examples of clear rules include: "Curfew is 8 p.m. on weekdays, 10 p.m. on weekends, and no going out until homework is finished." Spell out the consequences, too: "Anyone who breaks one of these rules loses television for a day." If your kids do fall out of line, all you have to do is point to the list.

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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