House rules for dating teenagers
At 16, they’re starting to drive, they’re often getting money on their own, and they’re around people with drugs.
There should be no job too menial that they can’t take it until they find something better. When would you feel you have to call the police with a guest?
Parents feel they have to take care of their kids, whether they are 9 or 19 years old.
When they’re five, they’re climbing the monkey bars and you’re worried they’re going to break their arm.
(By the same token, make certain that you don’t call your children names.) There should be zero tolerance for this, and that goes doubly for obscene speech.
Children must tell their parents where they are going or plan to go before they go there (or before lying to them and going to some other place). Plus, on some level, even younger children understand that they need their sleep to function (and so do their parents, perhaps even more than they do! Kids like school for socializing and don’t particularly mind if they are as tired as zombies, so we have to mind for them!At eleven they’re starting to play football or baseball and you’re afraid they might get hurt with a piece of equipment.