First of all, let me just say that I think that any parent would benefit from reading “Setting Limits with Your Strong-Willed Teen” by Robert J. MacKenzie, Ed. D. The author shares a plethora of stories and ideas about communication, expectations, setting guidelines, and examples of consequences if your child makes the choice not to follow the rules.
I must admit that I don’t buy in 100% with everything the author suggests, but I learned so much about being clear with expectations and communicating those with the good/bad consequences if they are/aren’t met. Every child is different, but I believe that any parent will see their child in this book somewhere.
Being a parent is far too important to just hope and guess. I would highly recommend this book.