Harry Potter might not have to worry about paying Medical Insurance. If one of his children was severely injured he could mix a potion of mandrake and fix them right up.  Would he simply “Apparate” if the kids were annoying?  Or, maybe use the invisibility cloak to spy on his offspring to see what they were up to?  I know I would have loved to have had an invisibility cloak with my teenager.  Teens not feeling well?  Instead of having health plans with doctor co-pay he could just take them to the clinic at Hogwarts. For sure if he caught them misbehaving at Hog’s Head Pub in Hogsmeade they might not be allowed to go to the next Quidditch match.  I wonder if he would have a High Deductible Health Plan for his kids. Would he obtain Health Insurance Quotes and pay his Medical Insurance with his gold in Gringotts?  Too much Firewhisky for the Potter kids?  Non magical parents have had occasions to teach their teenagers lawn mowing techniques after too much Firewhisky.  Maybe when the Potter teenagers really got out of line he would throw a pinch of Floo Powder into the fireplace and send them via the Floo Network off to Grandmas’.

I wish J.K . Rowling would just keep on writing Harry Potter books so we could discover how wizards deal with their troublesome, yet heartbreakingly wondrous teenagers.  In the Muggle world (those are non-magical people) we struggle quite a bit trying to discipline the half-child/half-adult without breaking the spirit.

Kids Health has some terrific ideas on how parent’s can survive the teen years. “As teens mature, they start to think more abstractly and rationally.  They’re forming their moral code.  And parents of teens may find that kids who previously had been willing to conform to please them will suddenly begin asserting themselves – and their opinions – strongly and rebelling against parental control.

You may need to look closely at how much room you give your teen to be an individual and ask yourself such questions such as: “Am I a controlling parent?”, “Do I listen to my child?,” and “Do I allow my child’s opinions and tastes to differ from my own?”

Here are some of the suggestions from Kids Health:

  •  Educate yourself by reading books about teenagers
  •  Talk to you child early enough about their bodies and the differences between boys and girls
  • Pick your battles
  • Set Expectations

Sharing your family values and discussing things openly with your teens before they’re exposed to them increases the chance that they will act responsibly when the time comes.

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