Your credibility is a critical part of your authority. Credibility means making your words matter. Once you set a limit, you have to respond to your child’s disobedience. To do this, you have to know when the rule is broken. So when you take a stand, be careful of how you identify the limit.

A father tells his teenage daughter before she leaves with the family car, “Drive under the speed limit at all times.”

Is this an enforceable limit?

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