Using Limits and Consequences with Teens

Date: August 13, 2013
Time: 6 - 8 p.m.
Location: MSU Extension Kent County, 775 Ball Ave NE, Grand Rapids MI 49503
Contact: Holly Tiret, tiret@anr.msu.edu, 616-336-8998

Setting Limits for Teens

Limits help teens develop a secure sense of family boundaries. In this workshop, participants will explore the relationship between teen development and the need for clear but flexible boundaries. This session is intended to help parents approach setting limits in ways that will facilitate their adolescents’ development.

The objectives are:

  • Explore the relationship between adolescent development and the need for clear but flexible boundaries.
  • Relate principles of limit settings to individual situations and parenting beliefs.

Using Consequences with Teens

The important thing for teens to learn is that their actions have consequences. What is a consequence? A consequence is the effect or outcome of an action. The general rule is that good actions usually lead to good consequences; bad actions usually lead to bad consequences. This session is intended to help parents respond to teens when they engage in problem behavior that is too serious or persistent to be ignored. The workshop provides guidelines for using appropriate consequences as a means to help teens correct typical problem behaviors when other methods of encouraging responsible behavior (such as modeling, information, and discussion) have not worked.

The objectives are:

  • Explore the relationship between teen development and their need to learn their actions have consequences.
  • Understand why consequences are more effective than punishment.
  • Distinguish between use of rewards, natural consequences and logical consequences.
  • Identify guidelines for following through with consequences.

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