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Problem Teenagers: How to Deal

Updated on May 26, 2010

Raising children is a tough job for parents especially regarding the issue of discipline. Teaching the child to respect the people around him or her is very important, because it would also serve as a reflection of your bad parenting skills if your child turns out to be one of the problem teenagers in the future.

In order to prevent this, you should instill discipline in your young child's mind as early as possible. Problem teenagers only arise when there is a severe lack of guidance from the parents. Here are some tips on how you can instill proper values in your children without forcing them to rebel.

Various Tips on Child Discipline

  • You as the parent should have an open communication line with your child. This will allow you to know what your child thinks about various issues, which may affect him or her in the future. It can also help you instill proper values in him. These values will help him face the challenges that may come in his life. If you are able to talk to your children, you would not need to resort to physical violence to prevent them from becoming problem teenagers.
  • In addition to this, you have to make sure that you know all of your children's friends. This way, you can monitor your children's activities whenever they are out of the house. Problem teenagers often cause trouble outside the house. If you are aware of whom your child is with, you can either warn your child against him or her, or take the necessary steps to supervise the two.
  • On the other hand, warning your child against joining any group of friends that you don't like might cause the child to rebel even more. In this case, you have to be careful in dealing with your children. Make sure that they understand what you are saying and why. If they are able to realize that you were right all along, they will be the ones to stay away from the friend without any prompting from your side.
  • Furthermore, in connection with the open communication, you should always let your child speak. Hear him out. Do not let your own prejudices about different issues affect your capabilities to listen to your child. One main reason why children turn out to be problem teenagers is because they feel that their parents do not give them much attention anymore. It is their way of acting out and seeking attention from the parents.
  • As a parent, you have to constantly remind your children how much they mean to you. This way, you will never have problems with teen angst as they grow up. This will prevent them from becoming problem teenagers. Another tip is to let them assert their independence without any objection.

There comes a point in time where a teenager would want to be on his own. Parents should learn to recognize that during this time, they need to trust their children to do the right thing. Remember that if you discipline your child well during the formative years, you would not have any problems with problem teenagers in the future.


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    • Angelique Loux profile image

      Angelique Loux 7 years ago from Ohio

      I have a 20 yr. old son that acts like a problem teenager. He is out on his own now, but he worries me. I hope he makes the right choices. Great Hub.