When parenting becomes a chore, one must step back and evaluate the necessary needs for the given child. Some quick tips that every parent may enjoy practicing are:
Choose your battles – engage you mind to know whether or not the situation at hand will really matter in the short term and then in the long term.
Understand the Situation- Is the action really a life changing moment, temporary or permanent, the discipline should relate to the seriousness of the “crime”
Understand your boundaries and know what “crimes” you have shared in jest with your child. They really may want to be just like you or at the very least have a ready excuse.
While the above information is already known by the majority of parents, understanding and utilizing it are often the mishap of parents. Tragedy, I mean two, tweens, teens, and twenties are never without the level of rebellion to which every child pushes. At the end of the day every parent wants to look back on the years as happy, productive and most importantly lovingly. Stay strong, choose your battles, and practice what you preach and you may scrape by with the seat of your pants intact.