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Parenting Teens: Learning the Tricks

Updated on May 26, 2010

Many parents nowadays have problems communicating with their children. This is especially true for the parents of teens that tend to rebel against the wishes of their parents.  This is because they do not understand why they have to be restrained from doing certain things.  Parenting teens can be a hard job for parents especially if they do not know how to communicate with their children. 

Helpful Tips

Here are some helpful tips in communicating with your child:

  • The key to parenting teens is to go down to their level of thinking. A parent needs to understand how his or her child's mind works. To do this, you should make it a point to spend more time with your child. See what he or she loves to do and do it with him or her. You have to show your teens that you care about them well enough to spend time with them. If they realize that you mean what you say, it would not be hard for them to share their thoughts with you.
  • In addition to this, parenting teens require a lot of patience. You can be a friend to your child when but do not forget to establish the authority that you have over her or him. This way, you will still have open communication with your child but be able to discipline her or him if necessary.
  • Remember that parenting teens should not just be about open communication and discipline. It should also be about being able to teach the child to trust you. It all begins with trust. If the child does not trust you, you will never be able to get to know him better and be open with him communication wise.
  • Having no violent reactions to any of his statements about things in his life is also important in fostering trust between you and him. By doing this, you will allow your child to express himself to you better.

Having a Successful Relationship

Aside from open communication, you need to know some other factors in order to have a successful relationship with your teen child. These points will help you in parenting teens better.

  • First, you must be able to establish rapport with your child. This can be done through open communication as mentioned earlier.
  • Secondly, you must have an air of understanding towards your child at all times. If he can feel that you will understand him no matter what happens, your teen child will not hesitate to share delicate information with you regarding the events in his life.

While parenting teens, you must also have patience because trust is not earned overnight. You have to be willing to work hard for it so that you can feel more fulfilled once you have achieved the goal of being close to your child.

Parenting teens can be hard work. However, if you are willing to do anything for your child, you will have a successful relationship, not only with your teen child, but also with other people close to you.


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    • Celina Vanhoozer profile image

      Celina Vanhoozer 7 years ago

      I am a single mother of three teenagers. It gets hectic at times. This article is very helpful. Thanks. It's also very encouraging to know that all you have to do sometimes is be a good listener. Then they will come to know that they can talk to you any time. I have recently learned that. It has made a huge and excellent impact on me and my children-especially my 15 year old. He's the one with the most issues. His and my relationship has almost done a 360 because of this little change called listening.

    • MindyPapa profile image

      MindyPapa 7 years ago

      Hello Celina,

      Thanks for standing by and providing your valuable feedback. Yes "listening" makes children feel that they are heard and does wonders.

      I wish you all the best in parenting your children in the best way. Hope my upcoming hubs will help you parenting your children in the best way :)

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