Because I said so!Parenting is an exhausting task and sometimes you might feel like you just don't have another fight in you, but don't be too quick to back down. It turns out that arguing with your teens might actually be really good for them. A new study out of the University of Virginia found that teens who argue with their parents are more likely to resist the peer pressure of drugs and alcohol. The reason why is because teens who are allowed to openly express their opinions show more confidence at home are able to translate that skill into backing up their own viewpoints and resist peer pressure.
Read More: Stricter Rules Mean Teenagers Drink Less
The study recorded 150 13-year-olds and their mothers for eight minutes while they argued. Most of the arguments reportedly focused on ongoing topics such as curfews and allowances. The teens were then surveyed three years later to find out their experience with drugs and alcohol. The students who were able to back up their arguments and standRead More »from Fighting with Your Teens Might Actually Be Good for Them