20 July 2010

Are you a slave to your teen?

It's a grim thought: your teen might be taking you for a massive ride. Here's how to recognise it, and put a stop to it.

You're only 39, but today you feel 75. Your teenaged child has been at it again – shouting, slamming doors, leaving dirty clothes strewn about and what's more, he came in an hour after curfew last night. And he wants more money for his cellphone account.

"It must be remembered that this is the age when children's identities are formed and that there is a conflict between their identities in their peer group and those in their families," says Cape Town psychologist, Ilse Terblanche. "This is also the age at which your children are likely to push the limits to see exactly how far they can push your tolerance levels and your rules."



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