What’s your parenting style?

Choose one of following responses:
A “I decide, may discuss it yet expect my son to do as I say”
B “I discuss, practice compromise, usually let teen make final decision”
C “Let my teen make his own decision”

How would you approach these issues?
1. Buying or wearing of bizarre clothes that he wears out of school.
2. An unconventional hairstyle he wants during holidays.
3. Music on or TV while doing homework.
4. Going to pop concerts with friends before age 15.
5. Dating at age 13.
6. Smoking.
7. Your son is 16 and is having a party because Mom won’t be there.
8. Doesn’t want to tell where he is going with his mates.
9. His decisions on how he wants to spend his pocket money.
10. Job decisions for after school.
11. Decisions about how much he helps in the house.
12. If he doesn’t want to go along to a family outing.
13. Wants to go out on a school night.
14. He has a friend who you think is taking drugs.
15. Untidy room.
16. He wants to take on a part-time job.
17. He wants to sleep over at a friend after a party.
18. 16 year old wants to drink alcohol.
19. 16 year old wants to have a party at home.
20. He wants to drop a subject.
21. He wants to give up a musical instrument.
22. Decision on what time to come home from a party.
23. He wants to decorate his room himself.
24. How much or little and what he eats.
25. What TV programmes or videos to watch.
26. He’s decided to give up something.

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Megan de Beyer has a Masters degree in Psychology. She practised in both Cape Town and Durban and has run many successful parenting workshops at high schools.
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