Boundaries are intended to protect, not restrict. Your teen wants and needs that.
Wise parents know that teens need boundaries. But what many parents don’t know is that teens actually want them.
You’re probably thinking, “not my teen!” To make sense of this we first have to understand that according to St. Paul Chapter 7, adults and teens alike are constantly engaging in a spirit flesh war.
No, our flesh does not want boundaries. But our flesh isn’t the sum total of who we are. Our spiritual side craves boundaries. Our teens are no different. When appropriate boundaries are not given and enforced, it’s just like driving across the country with no traffic lights or speed limits. All security goes away. And when security goes away for a teen, so does his rational thinking in order to find it.
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