Dear Ready and Able,
Be aware of your teen’s social and emotional age and align your expectations accordingly. Focus on 3 family rules that are principle based. My first is always, “Everybody gets to be safe”. Then, “Show respect,” “Listen the first time,” “Dad and Mom are the Boss,” and “Do your part,” are common ones chosen by families with whom I work.
Be simple, be boring while you get to know each other – play board games, ask questions around the dinner table in a playful way (not an interrogation). Find out what your teen likes and participate in that.
For children and families,