Difficult Teen? Try a Behavior Contract



Did you know that most teachers, especially in middle school, have their students partner with them to develop a behavior contract at the beginning of the year?  The contract outlines expectations in the classroom and treatment of others.  The concept has been proven to work and they are generally placed where the students and teacher can reference them easily and quickly at all times – like tacked to the bulletin board etc…




But those teens go home… There is no reason a parent and family should not have a behavior contract also.  But creating a contract from scratch can take a great deal of time.  There are pre-formatted contracts that are available and designed especially for troubled or difficult teens.  In fact my son is in the hospital right now and when he comes home – I think a behavior contract is definitely in order.  He is autistic so it needs to be simplified – but a behavior contract will still be very helpful.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *