Dating contracts for teens

Parents feel they have to take care of their kids, whether they are 9 or 19 years old.

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And when things come out wrong, these kids often view themselves as victims.

You’ll hear them saying things like: “It’s not my fault.” “I couldn’t help it.” “I only stayed out an hour late and you want to punish me?

Teenage mentality lasts from early adolescence until 22 or 23 years of age.

Most of the research shows kids are still using the same parts of their brain at 22 that they were using at 15.

Kids between the ages of 17 and 25 still have a lot of thinking errors.

Just like you can have a spelling error, and misspell a word, you can have a thinking error in which you misread life’s problems and come out with the wrong solutions.

I hear kids say this all the time to their parents: “You owe me a place to live.

You shouldn’t be too rigid.” When parents hear this enough, they start to feel guilty for the rules by which they have chosen to live.

If you’re in constant conflict with an older child over everything from curfews (should they have one or shouldn’t they?

), to getting a job, to alcohol use, James Lehman offers advice on how to set reasonable limits and how to coach your child to responsibility and independence.

At eleven they’re starting to play football or baseball and you’re afraid they might get hurt with a piece of equipment.

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