Many parents shudder at the thought. Some even experience a shortness or breath and heart palpitations when they imagine what might really happen if they took their teenager’s phone away as a consequence for poor choices.
When you consider a teen’s sheer dependency on their phone for a social and emotional connection to their peers, the thought of voluntarily taking it from them makes about as much sense as putting your hand in a lion’s cage to grab a piece of raw meat.
It’s scary, potentially hazardous, and might even seem impossible to consider.
But don’t stress—it doesn’t have to be any of those things.
When we recently took our teen’s phone away we learned some very valuable lessons, the first being that life goes on, your teen does not self-destruct, and taking away valued technology really can influence behavior.
But (and there’s always a ‘but’) there are pros…