Parenting Beyond the Rules-Connie Albers

This is a great book for not only parents of teens, but also for anyone who is in a position to be an influence of a teenager. I am an aunt of a teen boy and 4 other soon to be teens. Two of my favorite quotes from the book are:

“Boundaries and rules are important and healthy, but they function best in the context of relationship. Creating this type of healthy relationship with your teen looks like establishing trust, allowing freedom, communicating well and staying consistent.”

One foundational way to establish trust with your teen is through healthy open communication. It’s critical to understand the reasoning behind your teen’s actions, and for them to understand the wisdom behind your words. Open communication takes place when you and your teen talk to each other. “

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