This year is a big one—sweet sixteen also means sweet freedom is around the corner. Whether your teen is getting their driver’s license or getting rides from friends, your teenager may stop needing you for transportation this year. You might find yourself asking: How much is too much freedom? And while boundaries will help them know what to expect and how to feel safe, if the boundary doesn’t align with their values and beliefs, they’ll push against it.
Say it out loud: It’s not personal. When you find yourself getting offended or having your feelings hurt by them, remember this. They’re figuring out what they believe and why, and a big part of that will be debating with you out loud and pushing against what they’ve always known. And if they can do that with your trust, love, safety, and curiosity, you’ll set them up for a lifetime of healthy relationships.
Parenting Your Tenth Grader Phase by Kristen Ivy and Reggie Joiner
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