Teens want and need to have real responsibilities. At the same time, most parents need help, especially during hectic holiday times.

This month, set aside time to talk about your family’s holiday plans. What’s most important to your teen? (You may be surprised.) Then figure out how you can make the most important things happen.

That’s bound to mean giving your teen some responsibility. Perhaps he can get the gifts ready to mail and stand in line at the post office. Or, perhaps your teen will address your cards.

Of course, if you give your teen the responsibility for part of your family’s holiday, give it. Don’t constantly look over her shoulder.

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