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10 Tips for Parents of Out-of-control Teens


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Let Your Teen Experience Consequences
Police intervention may be necessary to get your teen back on track.
Police intervention may be necessary to get your teen back on track.
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Parents want to protect their children from the bad in the world, and that instinct doesn't cease even when the child in question is destructive and dangerous. As a result, parents end up sheltering out-of-control teens from the consequences of their behavior; for example, they may not call the police when the teen runs away, or they may put up bail money over and over so that the teen doesn't have to spend a night in jail. At some point, parents have to stop shielding their teens, which means they may have to sit back and watch a black mark go on the teens' records. Don't try to negotiate with school officials or law enforcement officers if your child has done something wrong -- instead, let your teen face the music.


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