As a parent..what is the best way to deal with teen problems
practically - it depends on the teen and the problem
spiritually - prayer
Make them deal with consequences. Most kids have plenty of friends, there are times they need a parent, if they need a parent and you are a friend they will go elsewhere for advise. Be a parent, not a friend. You cannot be both. Parents are not cool, they never have been, they aren't suppose to be. Kids need rules to feel loved. If you don't care what they do, they think you don't care.
Most of us had a blast as a teen, but would never want to live through the emotional crap. It's was pretty intense at times. Remember that.
children follow as parents do, so if parents behave properly at home, children behave well too!
Don't impose too many restrictions, then they start to lie and start doing things behind your back.
I try to use humor, when my daughter grunts and mumbles, I ask her if she provides sub-titles
A good thing is to stay: Focused, with a Positive mind. This is the best example for a child/teen. Additionally, handle them 'Head-on,' not with ones head in the clouds. Teenagers these days, want to go against the grain, case in point: the positive direction they have been going in prior to Jr. High and High School. They decide they want to become: Independent of their parents and their parents ideas and values.
However, your question is very vague. There's no telling what reference you're implying from.
Listen to what they have to say without raising your voice and seeming angry. Make sure that when you talk to them, you are in private with no one else around, as teens tend to be very private and feel very awkward dealing with their feelings. Ensure that you give them your undivided attention and allow them to speak and express themselves. Assure them that you will be there for them and want them to come to you for any problem that they need to deal with. It's all about trust and understanding, sometimes I find that I kinda have to be there as a friend and not just a mum. Never let them feel that you are too busy or can't be disturbed.
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