5 tips on boundaries for teenage girls

5 tips for parents of girls from a top psychologist who has worked with many, many teens over the years.

  1. Negotiate the rules early – start conversations about values, sex, alcohol, drugs, appropriate/inappropriate behaviour early.
  2. Use consequential language ie, your choices have consequences (good/not so good).
  3. Don’t be a doormat.
  4. Always say what you mean and mean what you say.
  5. Use non-verbal management strategies eg, turning off the TV or disabling a computer.

Key questions to ask yourself when you consider how to parent your child:

  1. What is safe?
  2. What is fair?
  3. What is reasonable?

And, never forget, you were an adolescent once yourself :-)

Best wishes.


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