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Try These Methods For Parenting Your Teenagers

Updated on September 5, 2011

Transiting into Teenage Parenting

Most parents go through a period of feeling like they don't even recognize that stranger in the house anymore. Parents frequently ask themselves where did my sweet innocent child go? Every parent is faced with the trials and tribulations of their children becoming teenagers it's a fact of life. We will help you make the transition just a bit easier with the following hints.

Don't Lose Control

Parenting teens is difficult, don't make the mistake of losing control. This makes you no better than your teen. In most cases, your teen is looking for your guidance even when they don't seem to care. Do not react out of anger, first take a deep breath. Getting some distance from the situation when possible is a good idea. Wait until you are rational before you resume the discussion. As you parent your teen it's imperative that you not stoop to their level of maturity.

As you work through parenting a teen you are likely to find yourself engaged in many struggles of power. This is fairly common, but you have to know how to deal with it. On one hand you'll need to give them more freedom than they had as little kids in order to develop a sense of self. However you will find times when you have to stand strong and set limits to keep them out of trouble. Give them the freedom to make choices on their own whenever possible.

Being the parent of a teen is all about finding that perfect balance between authoritarian and friend allowing them to explore the world without your assistance.

Instilling Resposibility

You as the parent are responsible for teaching them to become self sufficient and independent of their parents. You may feel like a human ATM machine, taxi driver and prison guard at times as your teen seeks independence. You aren't helping your teenager become a responsible adult by giving him or her everything they ask for. You must teach them that not everything in life is simply handed down to them on a silver platter, they will have to learn how to get it for themselves sometimes. Therefore, when parenting teenagers, it's sometimes a good idea to say, "no," or "you'll have to figure out how to do it yourself."

Parenting Teenages is a Challenge

Make sure to remember that not a single person is perfect when it comes to parenting teenager. You need to acknowledge that, like other things in life, being a parent has its challenging moments. The important thing is to let your teenager know you will always be there for him or her. If you do this and keep the above suggestions in mind, you will discover that parenting teenagers is something you can do, even if it's difficult at times.

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    • Marty Neville profile imageAUTHOR

      Marty Neville 

      7 years ago

      Glad you like it.

      I'll look into creating more hubs in this area when I've some more good info.

    • breathe2travel profile image

      breathe2travel 

      7 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Useful! Good read -- would like to see you develop this even further. As a parent of five, with the oldest only 11 -- I am experiencing the "growing pains" of adolescence & do have to control anger, sometimes walking away or ignoring behavior until I am collected and able to be rational. :) Voted useful.

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