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Swimming against the parenting tide

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Sometimes as a parent you need to swim against the tide of popular opinion- that is, what your kids and fellow parents think. Obviously, that takes some parenting steel.   It seems that you must do this a great deal when you are parenting teenagers. You may intuitively know what’s best for them (‘You are too young to go to that party! It’s just too risky’) yet you risk an argument, or not being spoken to for a week if you stand your ground. It’s easy to give into young people to maintain your relationship, and to be liked.   But you don’t always need to be liked by your young person. However you do need to be respected. Aim for respect, not to be liked, as they won’t always approve of your decisions.    Here’s the rub.    Respect often comes later......much later when they are older and u...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)

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