Parenting Teens

By: Keith Allen

Teenage may be a confusing period for the teenager but parenting teens is an equally confusing and intriguing responsibility. Besides, every teenager is unique and poses different challenges. Hence, parenting teens is not a smooth sail and you have to go through the process amicably. However, few universal rules and conditions remain in place irrespective of individualistic features of every teen.

You can identify three major areas of parenting teens. These are connectivity, monitoring, and psychological autonomy. The foundation of any relationship lies in connectivity. Unless you as a parent are able to connect to your teen and your teen too is able to connect to you as a parent, there can be no interaction at all. Therefore, take care to ensure a consistent, positive, and stable relationship with your teen. The important ingredients of such a two-way relationship should be love, care, warmth, understanding, kindness, and acceptance.

Next, monitoring is equally essential to continue with the connectivity factor. You can monitor your teenager by taking a genuine interest in his or her activities, getting to know their recreational activities, getting acquainted with their friends and taking time to share a few light moments. Your technique of parenting teens through monitoring should not be imposing rather should be of concern. This lowers cases of cheating, stealing, drug addiction, or other bad habits.

Psychological autonomy in parenting teens refers to a genuine acceptance of your teenís beliefs and ideas, even if they are contrary to your own. However, you should be away from psychological control, which refers to imposing your ideas, making personal attacks, inducing guilt for psychological and emotional expressions. These lead to depression in teens.

Hence, a perfect coordination between the three aspects is very essential for parenting teens. Discipline should be neither an enforcement nor imposition; instead, should be an accepted part of life. Therefore, discuss the norms and regulations of your household in connivance with your teenagers. This makes them equally responsible to adhering and following them. They do it more willingly as they have chosen the norms.

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