Patel also recommends implementing movement breaks while teens are working, and having them start with their least-favorite assignment or subject first.
For Sears, it's about pointing out that there are consequences in life for not staying on task. "We tell our teen that if grades are good, then bedtimes and phone limits are less important," he says. "Our youngest is almost 15 and is talking about what kind of car she wants to get. She is also looking forward to the independence that a driver’s license can bring. We often remind her that operating a vehicle takes responsibility, and by her showing us that she can take care of little things like putting away her dirty dishes, we are more likely to believe that she can take care of the big things — like using the family car."
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