It can be helpful to draw up an agreement or contract to make sure everyone understands the arrangements and the outcomes of certain actions, for example, grounding teens if curfew is broken or school is skipped.
Important things to know about contracts – everyone should understand:
- The rules set out in the contract.
- What is expected of each person.
- What will happen if the contract or expectations aren’t kept.
- When is the contract over.
Contracts should be reviewed at pre-scheduled dates and revisions should be made as needed.
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