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Parenting Tip: How to discipline your teens

Posted March 29, 2011

Time outs might work with your four-year-old, but they won't work anymore when she reaches 14. Still, there are other, effective ways to set a teen straight, says Dr. Lisa Sacco, a licensed psychologist with Orenstein Solutions in Cary.

"The main thing you want to have with a teenager is credibility," she tells me. Lisa Sacco Parenting Tip: How to discipline your teen

Sacco says it's important to use a combination of limit setting and responsiveness, that natural warmth and love that goes between parent and child, when raising your teen.

"If you have all limits and all rules and no warmth, you tend to have a kid who feels bullied," she said. And if you just want to be friends with your child and not set limits, "this is a disaster of equal proportion and in some cases worse."

Watch the video to get more tips from Sacco on how to discipline your teen. Go to Orenstein Solutions website for more information about the programs and services offered. And check back here next Wednesday for another tip from Sacco.


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  • shall6 Mar 31, 2011

    No problem j-lo93! My kids are much younger, but I really learned a lot from Dr. Sacco - things that I can implement now in some ways and things to be ready for in the future.


  • j-lo93 Mar 31, 2011

    thanks for these tips... i feel like i'm entering unchartered territory with my preteen...nice to know i'm doing something right

  • Mugu Mar 30, 2011

    That is racist!

  • Killian Mar 30, 2011

    The best way to discipline your teen is to start when they are toddlers and work your way up. At that point, much less discipline is needed. But when it is, make the punishment fit the crime, make it clear that the behavior is unacceptable but the person is still loved, and let it go when reparations have been made.