The Best Parenting Advice
On Living With Teenagers
“Curfew is easy! Have your teen set your alarm clock for the time that she’s due home. It’s then her responsibility to turn
it off before it rings. No more waiting up. Sweet dreams!” —Lisa Jander, author of Dater’s Ed: The Instruction Manual for Parents
“Run adult problems by older kids. For example: ‘I’m not getting along with someone at work who keeps taking credit for my projects’ or ‘I’m supposed to go to a party and just don’t want to.’ Listen carefully. Their answers will blow you away.” —John Duffy, M.D., author of The Available Parent
“Commit the time to helping your teen become a safer, smarter driver. For kids under the age of 18, driver’s ed is mandatory in most states and well worth the money. But driver’s-ed programs give you an average of 25 to 30 hours of classroom time and about six hours of driving time, and they teach only basic car control, traffic regulations, and how to pass the exam. It takes 30 to 50 hours of behind-the-wheel experience to function well in basic traffic situations. After your kid has gone through driver’s ed, spend at least 50 to 100 hours supervising his driving.” —Timothy Smith, author of Crash-Proof Your Kids: Make Your Teen a Safer, Smarter Driver
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