It can be the best of times and the worst of times, but the teen years are never dull - for adolescents or their parents. To help adults live and learn with their teens, Family Circle magazine offers parents the following advice.
1. Keep an open mind. Don't let the terrible teens be a self-fulfilling prophecy.
2. Keep a sense of humor - maybe you'll even find yourself laughing later.
3. Set clear, reasonable limits you and your parenting partner agree upon.
4. When disciplining, let the punishment fit the crime, not your anger.
5. Remember the job of a teenager is to break away from the parent.
6. Don't forget to acknowledge good behavior with praise.
7. Encourage your teens to invite their friends over so you can get to know them.
8. Once a week, spend time alone with your teens to keep communication open.
9. Don't force your tastes and preferences; let them form their own.
10. Try to remember them when they were adorable babies.