Parenting Magazine

Preventing Tween Behavior Problems: The key: building a close relationship. “That way, you’ll have more resources to draw upon later, especially during conflicts,” says Christy M. Buchanan, Ph.D., a professor of psychology at Wake Forest University and the mom of teens.

Research even bears it out [that teenagers will live up to parental expectations]. A study by Buchanan published in theĀ Journal of Research on Adolescence surveyed 250 sixth- and seventh-graders and their moms and found that the moms who expected their kids to take risks and test limits later on tended to get what they bargained for. And while parental expectations are just one of many influences on a teenager’s behavior, Buchanan says raising yours can make a difference.

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