Parenting any child is difficult, regardless of age. However, many parents find that the teenage years are the most difficult time. Teenagers want to be independent, but they can easily be misguided, which is why parents feel they have to stay involved in their teen’s life in order to keep them on the right track.
Here are some tips that will make it easier to handle the modern teen.
Set Firm Limits
Teens will not admit it, but they do desire limits. When parents create limits, it shows a teen that they cared for and loved. Setting limits also helps keep teens out of trouble. You will need to set firm and reasonable limits. Make sure there are consequences for not following the rules that you set. For example, if your teen habitually breaks curfew, then you may want to put them on restriction. If your teen keeps disrespecting you or another authority figure, then you may want to take away certain privileges. In the best cases, rules will not need to be said outright, but implied. Teen’s should know their own limits without having to be ruled over.
Many teens who follow the wrong crowd and end up using drugs, alcohol, or having sex could not have a good relationship with their parents, which is why it is important for you to communicate with your teen frequently. Every day set aside time to talk with your teen. Ask your teen how his or her day went. Let your teen know that he or she can talk to you about anything.
Teach Them to Be Responsible
Because teens are only a few years shy of being adult, it is important for you to teach them how to be responsible. There are several ways that you can teach your teen responsibility. Make sure that you assign chores or certain responsibilities for them. You can also encourage him or her to get an after school job. A good ideas is to have a yard sale with your teen. Have them figure out if AppleShark is the best place to sell an iPhone, or if it would be better to keep and save technological items. Activities like this will not only teach your teen responsibility, but it will also teach the value of a dollar.
Parenting a teenager brings new challenges. Teens want to become their own person, but they need guidance in order to stay on the right track. You can keep your teens on the right track by setting firm limits. You should also communicate with your teen and teach them how to be responsible.
Guest Post written by Brooke Chaplan. Brooke is a freelance writer and recent graduate of the University of New Mexico. She enjoys hiking, biking, running and blogging about many different subjects including family, home and fitness. Contact Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan
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