Giving Ultimatums to Teens – A Word of Caution

Published on Choose Help on 6/13

Parents often struggle with how to draw and enforce boundaries for their teenage child.

For example, consider the following situation:

Imagine your 16 year-old daughter wants to go to a party on a school night – something that you are totally opposed to.

On the night of the party, she walks out the door so you tell her to think about what she is doing. She gives you a look. In reply, you tell her that if she can’t obey the rules then she can’t stay in the house.

She responds angrily to you, and you tell her to not come home if she walks out now.

Not only does she walk out but she doesn’t come home that night nor the next day.

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