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rkaiulani
rkaiulani asks:
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Rebel with a cause?

How can you tell whether a teenager is going through a phase of normal teenage "rebellion," or whether they may be getting themselves into serious trouble?
In Topics: Teen issues
> 60 days ago

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Boys Town National Hotline
Mar 13, 2009
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What the Expert Says:

Teenagers are dealing with many different changes. Many of these changes are mental, physical and societal. Teenagers are trying to fit in, yet remain unique to themselves and their own personality. Trying to prevent serious trouble can be done with pre-teaching.
As teens develop and grow, they need to understand and take responsibility for their own behavior and choices. Teaching independent living skills, importance of following rules, goal setting, involvement in the community, etc, can help manage a rebellious attitude.
If you would like to talk specifically about what is happening in your situation, you can call the Boys Town National Hotline at 1-800-448-3000. We have counselors available 24/7 and we talk with kids and parents about various issues that concern them.
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BMelton
BMelton , Teacher writes:
Trouble? That can be on a continuum -- parents. school, the community and the law. Minor infractions of rules to major problems with breaking the law.

Rebellion is "normal" and teens do test the limits of the rules, yet limits are very important and must be consistent. Most teens report that they expect their parents and other adults to let them know what is expected. Safety and respect are paramount in setting limitations. What are the basics for any parent: know where your child is, what they are doing and who will be there. As the teen shows responsibility, more freedom may be allowed as long as responsibility and safety are considered by all.
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