Working out conflicts by janet wilson, m.a., lcpc
Summer time means school is out, days are longer, and teens are taking a break from school. It can invite conflicts over free time. Differing opinions about how much free time, where it is spent, how it is spent, and how it is supervised or structured, curfews, etc.
Use win/win guidelines to successfully navigate summer with your teens. Be respectful, work together towards fair solutions, and establish a plan for the summer now. Balance work, responsibilities, and serving others with downtime with friends, and family activities. Be willing to be flexible and take time to listen without judging or dominating conversations with your authority. Put yourselves in their summer “flip-flops” and place more importance on relationships rather than rules.