Most parents have heard horror stories about the dreaded teen years and how difficult that they can be. Little do many parents know, however, that it doesn’t have to be a negative experience. The teen years can be a period of growing closer to your child on a deeper level and guiding them through their last leg before adulthood.
The key to making it through this potentially stressful time successfully is all about knowing the right strategies. By avoiding common mistakes and consciously making an effort to be understanding and accepting, you can make it through to the other side closer than ever.
Here are some of the best tips to help you along the way parenting your teenager.
It’s crucial to develop a mutual understanding and trust between you and your child. That means that it’s a two-way road. You should also be transparent and honest with them if you expect them to be the same way.
It’s important to remember that they should be treated as innocent until proven guilty. Assuming that they’re up to no good when they’ve never given you any indication to believe they’re up to trouble isn’t fair. Accusing them of bad behavior may even encourage them to engage in risky activity like using drugs by assuming they’re up to bad behavior. As a result, they may feel criminalized no matter what they do, so they might as well rebel.
Teach Them The Value Of a Dollar
As much as parents would like to give their children everything that they never had, it’s in your child’s best interest to learn the appreciation of hard earned money.
Giving your child too much without them having to earn it makes them desensitized to appreciating things in life.
Part of your responsibility as a parent is to monitor them without spying. Make sure that you stay current with what’s going on in social media, trends, and culture. Educating yourself on what the youth are up to will help you look for any warning signs of troubling behavior.
The internet can be a very dangerous place, so make sure that you are vigilant about their activity online in particular.
Encourage Their Individuality
Even though you may be from a different generation and may not always agree with their fashion sense, it’s important to encourage them rather than discourage them. By supporting their individuality, you’re making them more confident people who are more likely to have successful relationships and higher self-esteem.
Unless what they’re wearing is dangerous or offensive, you should accept it as part of their self-expression which makes them who they are. The more that you belittle or criticize your teens, the less that they’ll trust you.