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A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens by Joani Geltman

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“so what, who cares?”

making consequences mean something

Here's the Problem

So what, who cares? These could be the most irritating four words a teen ever utters. Teens refuse to do what is asked of them; they flout rules that Mom and Dad thought had been agreed upon. They get report cards with less-than-stellar grades even though they had sworn up and down they had pulled their grades up.

So you give your teen a consequence that you hope will mean something. You want to teach a lesson so that the next time XYZ happens, your kid will think first of the consequence of doing the wrong thing.

You hope and expect to hear anger and moans and groans. ...

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