- First: Give them a clothing budget. That way your teen gets to choose what they want to wear - they can have a lot of clothes that don't cost a lot, or a few expensive pieces. And you won't have to worry about their trendy taste gouging your wallet! If they want to spend more than you agree to, then they can get some part-time work.
- Next: Teach them to do their own laundry. Teens are old enough to care for their own clothes. This'll teach them responsibility for their appearance and for a chore - and it'll lessen your housework load.
- Another tip for raising your teen: Have dinner together. Even though kids' schedules are crazy during high school, try to have a family dinner at least once a week on a school night. Shiller says the ritual of sitting down together gives everyone the opportunity to share what's going on in their lives.
- And finally: Get used to their moods! Teenagers are supposed to be hormonal, difficult and disagreeable. They're supposed to challenge your authority, your beliefs and values. So keep this in mind the next time they act up. The truth is, they're being perfectly normal!
Raising a teenager can be about as difficult as trying to say the alphabet backwards. So parents, here are some tips on how to handle your teen. These come from Woman's Day magazine and Virginia M. Shiller, a clinical psychologist at the Yale Child Study Center: