Whether it’s clothes, electronics, make-up or music, teenagers can be extremely territorial about their stuff, leading to spectacular bust-ups over who raided whose wardrobe or didn’t return something that they borrowed, and didn’t even have permission to borrow in the first place.
As the parent you can:
- mediate endlessly,
- lose your patience,
- or encourage them to work out a plan that everyone is happy with.
A good message for tweens and teens is if the system isn’t working, be a part of the solution. Coach them in how to put together a written agreement containing their own individualised rules for how and when they’re allowed to use each others’ gear.
Source: Hot Tip from The Parenting Place