Make a Contract
"I have a 14-year-old son going on 23-years-old (he thinks). He is angry at the world and unconcerned with his bad performance in school. I took some drastic changes in my parenting -- he is now responsible for his own grades without my prodding but with my reinforcement and assistance, within reason. This year I decided to pay him for acceptable grades and he has to pay me for unacceptable grades: we did a contract and he had to come up with the initial rules and contract. I can't believe it, but it worked! He is now making As and Bs with an occasional C."
--Parent Soup member fuzzycoke
Look at Your Role in a Different Light
"I personally believe that teens are the best years. But they are certainly not the easiest for them or us. The secret of successfully parenting teenagers is to remember that you do not want to be their judge. Rather, you want to be their cheerleader."
--Parent Soup member SSevere