Being too controlling encourages boredom
Allow your kids to make some of their own decisions.
Teenagers have a lot of unsupervised time alone. This can be when both parents are at work, on weekends when they're with their friends or during the school holidays. When teens are bored they can get into trouble - for instance, start drinking or partying more than normal.
There is also a link between this mischievousness and the rules you enforce: The more restricted your teenager feels, the more likely they are to get bored. Be careful to not fill up all their time with activities you
want them to do either.
Allow your child to make some of their own decisions and choose constructive ways to use their time. Have a discussion with them and find out what they are interested in and want to pursue. Parents with unbending, strict guidelines may be the reason their teenagers are tactically doing things behind their backs.
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