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The key to taming your teenager's behavior

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Many parents of teenagers know anger and disrespect can be tough to avoid, so what is the key to taming their behavior?
Henry Ford Pediatric Neuro Psychologist Jannel Phillips hears parents complain about teenagers every day. Her advice: be clear and calm.

"You ask your adolescent to do something and they say, 'No, I'm not going to do that now.' I would clearly say, 'That's not okay. I've asked you to shovel the snow and I'd like you to do that,' Phillips says.  

So what if your teen just wants to argue with you?

Don't give in.

"If they continue to argue with you then say, 'I'm not going to argue with you. If you choose not to shovel the snow then you're not going to be able to use your phone later on,'" Phillips suggests.

To keep the calm in your house you must make expectations and consequences very clear, follow through on threats and be consistent.  

"If they're not going to follow through with your rules then you need to set up consequences for those kinds of choices that they make. And then alternatively, I would say when they run out to shovel the snow to make sure that you're providing a lot of positive reinforcement for following through with what you've asked them to do. And sometimes we forget that," Phillips says.  

If you're not on the same parenting page as your spouse or mate, figure out a way to present a united front regardless, and hash out your differences privately, away from the kids, as they will try to divide and conquer.

LINK: The Doctor Is In: Understanding your child's behavior

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