The ex­pert’s view

Woman & Home (South Africa) - - Family Life -

Good news! It’s pos­si­ble to avoid shout­ing “This isn’t a ho­tel!” ev­ery five min­utes, and here’s how:

“Strike a bal­ance so you both get what you need,” says Hilda Burke, psy­chother­a­pist. “Ask your child, ‘How do we make this a good Christ­mas for both of us?’ Plan some­thing you both en­joy, like brunch and a shop­ping trip.”

Let your teen take own­er­ship: “Rather than pac­ing the house un­til they’re home, give your child the power over let­ting you know their where­abouts,” says Hilda. “Maybe it’s an SMS be­fore mid­night to let you know they’re get­ting an Uber home so you don’t wait up.”

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