Being a parent is wonderful but there are times when it can be extremely challenging. The teenage years can test us to our limits. I wanted to share some tips which I hope you will find helpful as you weave your way through the teenage years.
Conflict is normal
It can be a shock and hard to accept that conflict with your teenager is normal. Believe me I deal with it on a regular basis. But honestly it does have a positive side. Your teenager is becoming more independent and trying to form their own point of view. If you need some ways to help you with your game plan head here for my other blog post.
Be clear in what you expect
While I completely understand the changes happening to my son, he still needs boundaries. For example, staying safe online is extremely important. We have certain boundaries but we also explain why we have them in place. It is always helpful to be clear in what boundaries you have set for your teenager.
Spend time and listen to what they have to say
Staying connected to your teenager as they grow is extremely important as you will find with their maturing, your relationship may also change. Keep spending time with them and doing things together. If you need help with this, have a read of my blog post about having a game plan here.
Respect their point of view
Oh I have to admit this has been the hardest one for me. Especially when your teenager thinks he knows everything! I have learned to accept that my son won’t agree with everything that I say. That as he reads more, listens more and meets new people he will form his own opinions which may be different to mine. It’s important as a parent to respect their views as you would like them to respect yours!
Give them the space they need
I don’t know about you but there are times I just need a little space and time to myself. That is exactly the same for your teenager. Remember, they are going through a lot so respecting their need to have some time to themselves will certainly help with communication.
Be encouraging and give positive feedback
It can be so easy for me to fall in to the trap of being negative to my son and forgetting to praise him. I try my best to give him positive feedback and encouragement every single day and I also tell him every single day that I love him. I find this pays dividends by giving him confidence and showing he is loved.
Look after yourself
I find it can be stressful at times being a parent, working and keeping on top of things at home. So my advice is to look after yourself and remember you are not wonder woman or superman so take some time to yourself!
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