Ah…the fun of having a teenager.  I did try to one time to return my teen to the hospital he was born in and (surprise, surprise) they did NOT want him back!

Here are some parenting ideas for bringing out the best in your teenagers.

Listen: You should listen more than you speak so you can discover what motivates your teen.

Lead by example: you can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips.

Don’t give them the answer, show them the answer: Parents shouldn’t give away the privilege of earning something. Yes, you can give your child too much.

Communicate the rules up front: Tell teens what you expect and then stick to what you say.

State things in the positive: Instead of saying, “Why is your room such a mess?” try “I know your room can look better than that.” It’s neither an insult nor a direct order.