Getting teens to mind their manners can seem like a losing battle. But most of the time, parents can gain ground just by changing the rules a little bit. Being flexible and keeping a sense of humor are key!
- Use of headphones is limited to bedrooms.
- If wearing headphones in the living room, remove headphones when guests arrive.
- Volume should be turned low so that guests can’t hear music leaking from headphones.
- Paper plates must be used for late-night snacks.
- Dishes used for late-night snacks must be washed by teens.
- Teens must put dirty dishes in the sink before going to bed.
- Teens must not allow younger siblings to view PG-rated video games.
- Children must not watch older siblings play PG-rated video games for more than fifteen minutes.
- Children who stay up late watching teens play PG-rated video games must still get up at 7:00 the next day.
- Teens may not bring their cell phones to the dinner table.
- Texts received at the dinner table may not be answered.
- When texting at the dinner table, teens must hold their cell phones on their laps.
- Teens are to keep their bedrooms in order.
- Teens must help Mom to straighten their bedrooms.
- When Mom straightens teens’ bedrooms, teens are not to complain that they can’t find anything.
- Curfew is 11:00pm sharp.
- Not one minute past 11:30.
- Teens who are out past midnight will be locked out of the house.
- Unless the weather is too cold, too hot, snowy, or rainy.