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13. Fight club: how to avoid arguments, and de-escalation tactics

Arguments are a fact of life when there are teenagers in the house, and we all need coping strategies.

But could this common sign of teenage rebellion just be a sign of a healthy developing personality?

Teenagers are, by their very nature, separating from their parents. They are struggling to change from children into young adults. Teenagers are fighting (often only with themselves) to become their own people, with their own set of values, and this can bring them into conflict with their parents – and the rows begin. Although this discord is natural, it can be baffling and hurtful if you are suddenly cast in the role of ‘bad guy’ overnight!

Any parent of teenagers knows the ...

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