Today is Monday, the best day of the week to communicate with your adolescent son or daughter about priorities. An effective parent-coach spends more time bringing priorities into focus, and explaining the path for achieving those priorities, than issuing reprimands or expressing disappointment. I think it’s both natural and helpful to orient kids to important ideas on Monday morning. It’s best to do this without drama or chaos. Monday’s can be hectic for sure, but overall, confidence and emotional security are improved when people are on the same page. You don’t have to list every single thing a child should be doing, but it is helpful to at least touch upon those things that will be important to have achieved by week’s end.