31 May Dealing with Teenagers – A Note to Parents
It is no easy task dealing with the teenagers of today. Changing times and evolving generations present a whole new set of challenges when it comes to dealing with them. Parents would often notice a change in their teenager’s behavior, attitude and mindset. With a personality of their own, teenagers tend to become more independent and brash – thanks to their raging hormones! Keep in mind that these changes are normal during the transition stage.
As a parent, be not just a disciplinarian, but also learn to play the roles of mentor, guide and friend to your teenager. Lay down ground rules and make them understand why they need to be in place. Ensure they follow rules and do their bit around the house when required. Let your teenager be aware that they can reach out to you when they need to talk to someone or lookup to for advice. By being a mentor and guide to your teenager, they are more likely to make the right choices in life.
By being involved, parents are likely to be more aware of what is happening in their teen’s life. Spend quality time getting to know more about them without judging them too much. Teens want parents in their lives but do not like the interference or enforcement. Parents need to be able to get the message across in a firm yet understanding way without upsetting them. It’s indeed a fine balance for parents to maintain.
Most importantly of all, treat your teenager with respect. Treat them like an adult and involve them in everyday decisions. Encourage them to pursue their interests and applaud them on their achievements.
Establishing a healthy balanced relationship is the ultimate goal for parents of teenagers, and this is possible if you approach them with understanding and friendship. Parents should remember to take on this new role with ease no matter how difficult it may seem at times. Eventually, your teenager will grow out of their teenage years to become smart young individuals.
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