Talking about Responsibilities with Teens
How to know your child is mature enough to handle responsibilities such as regular chores—and driving.
By: Gregory Germain, MD
Whether she likes it or not, your teen is at an age where she is expected to be responsible for many more aspects of her life than she once was: Certainly an 18-year-old has to show much more responsibility than a 13-year-old. But age aside, the more you expect of your child early on, they more mature she will be.
Responsibilities: From Chores …
It’s a good idea to start expecting a young teenager to have certain chores around the house. Talk to your child early on, and continue to discuss how much she feels she can do while keeping up with schoolwork, what she likes to do, what she doesn’t. By about 15, her jobs around the house should be fairly established and you won’t have to keep checking in.
… to Driving
But then at 16, the momentous event happens: Your teen is likely to start driving. This responsibility is such a huge step for everyone in the family that it deserves lots of conversation and ongoing discussions to make sure she is keeping her driving safe and responsible.
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