But it’s common for parents and teenagers to disagree about independence – how much a young person should have and when.
Rules for dating older
It’s OK to admit you’re having difficulties – seek help if you need it.
Speak with your GP, your child’s school counsellor or call Parentline on 1300 301 300.
This will help him learn life’s lessons and continue to shape his brain’s development.
Striking a balance between your child’s needs and your own concerns is often a matter of maintaining a positive relationship with your child, as well as a healthy family environment.
It might help to remember that your child could be confused and upset by the physical, social and emotional changes of adolescence – but you’re still your child’s main source of emotional guidance and stability during this time.
Taking your child’s opinions seriously gives an important boost to her self-esteem.
Rules will also help you be consistent in how you treat your child.
Once the rules are in place, apply them consistently.
In particular, the decision-making part of the brain is still developing, and your child is still learning to control impulses.