In fact, experts point out that when you provide your child more privacy, you are demonstrating increased respect and confidence. Treating teens as more grown-up actually helps them to grow up.
Teenagers need a life of their own. When kids see parents respecting their privacy, they feel they’ve gained some control over their lives. This builds the self-confidence that can help them “take control” and do better in school.
Telephone privacy is a good place to start. When your child is talking on the phone, it may be tempting to listen in. But, eavesdropping quickly causes problems. It’s far better to respect their privacy and walk away.
Families still need phone rules, but allowing reasonable privacy communicates a powerful message. It says, “I trust you to be responsible on your own.” And most children won’t betray that trust.
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