My position was that all bets are off and you should make your teenager aware that you’ll be cleaning their room and no area will be off limits.
A woman challenged me by saying that she and her daughter had a trusting relationship and that she’d “never” violate that trust. Even after presenting the information about the impaired judgment of immature teenage brains, she persisted.
I recommended that she negotiate a privacy agreement with her daughter and she resisted and she’d never impose on her 15-year old daughter who was a model teenager.
When I asked her if she could live with the consequences of this total trust, she jumped up and angrily left. The other mothers couldn’t believe her naivete and shared that they advised their kids that they’d get privacy when they were 18!
Monitor your teens. Protect them from life-altering mistakes in judgment.
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