Avoiding Parent Pitfall #1: Too Much Too Soon

Lisa Cherry —  November 15, 2013

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By Lisa Cherry

I love it when people who have traveled a stretch of highway ahead of me call me to warn me of the road hazards I'm likely to encounter.

Today marks the beginning of a new series of short posts here on Frontline Moms and Dads. Think of it as a series about potholes....some of which I can personally testify can jerk your car off the parenting road!

Pitfall # 1:

 Too Much Too Soon

Over promotion is painful to reverse.

Bestowing privileges before maturity is achieved is a recipe for disaster.

Children/teens can be ruined when given too much too soon. Just check out the young Hollywood stars.

Taking away is much tougher than delaying giving.

Not every child in every family will mature at the same rate.

So.....avoid setting firm pronouncements in your family like "when our kids have their 16th birthday, we will go right away to the drivers’ license station."

Instead, lead your kids to view that a drivers’ license will come when maturity is demonstrated....sometime after the 16 milestone.

Hold your options open. Listen to the Holy Spirit's wisdom.

More articles on parenting teens:
Teenage Anger: It Makes Me So Mad!
A Double Life: 13 Ways to Detect if your Child is Hiding Something
Teen Rebellion: Helping Your Teen Overcome This Temptation

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