How to Help your Teen Become a Responsible Adult

Balancing Boundaries and Freedom

We all want our teens to become responsible adults someday, but how do we do it?  And what is our ultimate goal anyway?

Guiding your teen from child to adult requires sensible boundaries and increasing freedom.

Our oldest son is turning 18 this month, so I have been pondering these questions for a long time.  And with 3 teenagers in the house (plus 5 others who will be teens someday), we have a lot of discussions about what should be allowed and what is expected and where to draw the lines.

Sometimes finding the right balance between the boundaries we place on our teens and how much freedom we allow them can be confusing.  Today, I’m sharing our family’s philosophy on this subject over at Life of a Homeschool Mom.  Please pop on over there to read Balancing Boundaries and Freedom with your Teen and let me know what you think!

How do you handle boundaries and freedom with your teens?

 

Blessings, Elizabeth

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11 thoughts on “How to Help your Teen Become a Responsible Adult

  1. Couldn’t leave a comment over there on my mobile! Too many ads and links. Your post encourages me about my own teens. Setting individual boundaries, cheering them on, helping them gain responsible freedom and growth. Thanks.

  2. I read Dr. Kevin Lehman’s book “Adolescence Isn’t Terminal: It Just Feels Like It”–that helped us a lot! The hardest thing to remember is that it’s different for each child depending on their maturity and their responsibility and the trust they’ve built with you.

    • Anita, I totally agree with you. The tricky part is tailoring it specifically to each child and each unique situation. That’s why I recommend flexible boundaries that grow and shrink as necessary. Thanks for the book recommendation. I’ll check it out!