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How do you tell a teen what to do? Demand or plant the seed and let it grow?
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Dr. Cornelia Franz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Plant seeds...
You can "tell" a teen anything til you are blue in the face.
...Demanding seldom works...Does it work for you? Repeating things over and over and being a role model...Lead by example work. They do listen. Also set boundaries and be clear. In our house it was simple- anything immoral, illegal, or unsafe was simply not tolerated and there were swift consequences.

In brief: Plant seeds...
You can "tell" a teen anything til you are blue in the face.
...Demanding seldom works...Does it work for you? Repeating things over and over and being a role model...Lead by example work. They do listen. Also set boundaries and be clear. In our house it was simple- anything immoral, illegal, or unsafe was simply not tolerated and there were swift consequences.
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Dr. Cornelia Franz
Thank
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Bizarre question
If you have a parenting or relationship question, please express it in clear terms.
You can get the best out of the public site by providing background info and asking a clear question. Allegorical comments are less than helpful. This is not a chat room, so please start over and be clear about what you are seeking.

In brief: Bizarre question
If you have a parenting or relationship question, please express it in clear terms.
You can get the best out of the public site by providing background info and asking a clear question. Allegorical comments are less than helpful. This is not a chat room, so please start over and be clear about what you are seeking.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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