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Common Signs

Discipline problems often show up as a lack of responsibility (ignoring curfews, chores, etc...) Frequent arguments with family members, teachers, school authorities or police. Failure to complete homework or other assignments and in some cases shoplifting or petty thefts.

How To Avoid Problems

Be aware that your child is changing and that some rules (such as curfews) may also need to change. Establish family rules and discuss then with your teens in a flexible manner. Agree on what the penalty will be for breaking a given rule. Then be consistent...stick to the rules AND the consequences.

What To Do If You Have Problems

If your child continues to defy house and/or school rules, his discipline problems may be a symptom of a more serious concern. In this situation, a trained family counselor can help you work to resolve the problem.