|The Signal between parents and teens|
is at least as old as the invention of the phone.
How it works
1. Immediately rescue the teen from an uncomfortable or unsafe situation.
2. Spare the child grief or embarrassment among his or her peers by shifting the blame to the parents.
Why it works
It's critical because it gives teens an escape route for situations in which they feel threatened, unsafe, uncomfortable or simply dislike.
Once the parent receives the agreed upon signal, the parent must intervene and take the heat. It's a promise the teen will come to depend on and appreciate.
Micki Bare, mother of three, wife, daughter & writer is the author of Thurston T. Turtle children's books and aspiring novelist.
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