8 Essential Tips When Parenting Your Teens

Parenting is no easy task by any means and your child’s teenage years can feel even more turbulent than the previous years. During your child’s teen years, they’re experiencing lots of changes. As they mature emotionally and physically, they may want to express their independence more. Hence, parent-child conflicts occur frequently. Despite these challenges, you can peacefully coexist with your teen while maintaining your authority as a parent in their life.

Allow Independence

Just because your child wants to do things themselves doesn’t mean they’re rejecting you. If you’re too controlling, it’s only a matter of time until your teen rebels. Consider giving them room to safely express their newfound independence. However, that doesn’t mean letting your teen run off wildly. Establish new boundaries that give room for expression.

Develop Rules Together

Give your teen a chance to contribute to making decisions that affect them directly. For instance, when choosing curfew time for your teen, involve them in the discussion. Together, you can set an agreeable curfew time.

Internet Access

Constantly yelling at your child to put away their smartphone, if they have one, will likely push them away instead of bringing them closer to you. The internet is a useful information hub, but a teen can easily get lost on the web. You can set up house rules that help your teen access the internet safely. 67% of all smartphone search traffic and 94% of total organic traffic were from Google in May 2020. So, the Google parental control functions can help keep your child’s internet searches safe.

Road Safety

Does your teen know what to do in emergencies? As your teen gets more independent, teach them how to handle emergencies too. If your teen is getting a car, they should understand your state’s road laws. Teens are likely to abuse alcohol and drugs, so ensure your teen understands the legal implications of a DUI and substance abuse in your state. For instance, knowing that the blood alcohol concentration limit in California is 0.08% can be helpful if you live there. So, even if your teen isn’t driving, they should know to avoid getting into cars with intoxicated friends.

Open Communication

While it might seem like your teen doesn’t want to share anything with you, reminding them that they’re always welcome is crucial. However, don’t just say the words, show them that you’re there for them. Listen attentively when they express their feelings and don’t be quick to respond.

Special Needs

Special needs teens still need extra attention. Special needs can range from developmental delays to physical challenges. About 3% of kids below 18 years are blind or visually impaired (difficulty seeing even with glasses or contact lenses). If your teen has special needs, you can help them get the best out of their teen years through a targeted approach.

Education

How’s your teen performing at school? If your child is performing poorly in school, identifying why is the first step to improvement. Reasons for poor performance can include vision problems, anxiety, stress, or learning disabilities. More kids than you realize have vision problems. About 6.8% of US kids below 18 years have an eye and vision condition. Keep your child’s teachers close so that you can work your way around your child’s poor academic performance.

Family Time

Family time helps strengthen the bond between you. It doesn’t have to be fancy, simply eating or preparing dinner together a few times a week can suffice. So, find the time despite your busy schedule to be with your teenage kids.

Parenting teenagers isn’t easy but you can work on strengthening your relationship if you follow these tips. Being patient and working together will make for a healthy and trusting relationship.

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