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The Best Way to Fight With a Teenager

Every parent of a teenager knows that arguments and fights are part of that special period in your child’s development. It’s not fun – not for parents, not for their teens.

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But now new research suggests that constructive fighting with your teens might actually be a good thing. Who know?

Experts say that “how disagreements are handled at home shapes both adolescent mental health and the overall quality of the parent-teenager relationship. Not only that, the nature of family quarrels can also drive how adolescents manage their relationships with people beyond the home.”

“Compelling new research suggests that constructive conflict between parent and teenager hinges on the adolescent’s readiness to see beyond his or her own perspective. In other words, good fights happen when teenagers consider arguments from both sides, and bad fights happen when they don’t.”

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