Dealing With Teen Rebellion

Almost every family struggles with some sort of teen rebellion sooner or later — some worse than others. But how do you make sure that your kids don’t do irreparable harm during these times?

I’m Dr. James Dobson, with Focus on the Family.

The National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health recently surveyed 11,572 teenagers to determine which family factors were most helpful in preventing harmful behavior, such as violence, suicide, substance abuse, sexual activity and teen pregnancy.

What they found was that kids who had their parents available to them during four specific times of the day were much less likely to get into serious trouble.

These four times are: early morning, after school, dinnertime, and bedtime.

They reported that teens who had regular and direct contact with their parents during these four times of the day felt a sense of connection and warmth within the family.

And that these types of families were more likely to engage in other forms of shared activity as well, creating a much tighter family unit.

This may not be the best of news for busy and overworked parents, but it’s a reality that we need to face.

The best way to deal with teen rebellion is to simply be there for them — regularly and often.

Parenting takes a lot of work and sacrifice — today more than ever — and sometimes we have to make hard choices.

For many parents, your availability today could make the difference between your child surviving or plunging off a cliff.

With Focus on the Family, I'm Dr. James Dobson.

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