10 Things Your Teen Wishes You Knew


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Be My Parent, Not My Friend
Like mother, like daughter is not always a good idea. Here's Miley Cyrus and her lookalike mom celebrating her 18th birthday (with Demi Moore and her daughter).
Like mother, like daughter is not always a good idea. Here's Miley Cyrus and her lookalike mom celebrating her 18th birthday (with Demi Moore and her daughter).
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OK, let's get one thing straight. We're not advocating you take a strictly authoritarian approach with your teen. If there's one thing sure to fail, it's barking orders all the live-long day. That said, you shouldn't be a wishy-washy parent, either. Teenagers need parents who allow them to make an increasing number of their own decisions -- within the safety of a larger set of boundaries.

OK, let's get one thing straight. We're not advocating you take a strictly authoritarian approach with your teen. If there's one thing sure to fail, it's barking orders all the live-long day. That said, you shouldn't be a wishy-washy parent, either. Teenagers need parents who allow them to make an increasing number of their own decisions -- within the safety of a larger set of boundaries.

After all, few things prepare a teenager for the real-world more than learning the art of educated discussion. If your teen doesn't agree with a stringent rule, be willing to hear him or her out. The ability to express a point of view in an intelligent fashion will become a lifelong benefit.

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