How can you say that you trust your teen to do something when you really don’t?
There is a reason not to!
When refusing to allow your teenager to do something or go somewhere you consider dangerous, have you ever heard them say, “Don’t you trust me? Don’t you remember when you were my age?” Just say, “Sure, I remember and that is why I don’t trust you.” Some will say that this can actually thwart your relationship with your child. Why? Because you were forthright?
If the place or activity is dangerous and your brain’s frontal lobe, unlike your child’s, is fully developed for wise decision-making- you can see danger that they cannot! Trust was breached the moment that your child made the request. You cannot trust them to see the danger you see. And remember that you can have no relationship if your child dies. Telling your child that you trust them when you really don’t isn’t trustworthy. Lies are the real relationship busters.
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