7 TOP TIPS FOR A THRIVING RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR TEEN

 

 

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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    Lisa Pomerantz
    October 8, 2017 at 11:25 am

    All wonderful advice, that we are trying to practice now with ours, who are still in single digits. The most important thing for us is to let them know boundaries, accountability, and love can all work together as we grow this family. Lovely post! #ablogginggoodtime xoxo

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      admin
      October 8, 2017 at 11:56 am

      I absolutely agree with you. thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Mackenzie Glanville
    October 11, 2017 at 7:09 am

    Really great advice, I have a newly turned 13 year old daughter and I am learning and growing as a mum because of it. She is an amazing girl, but I want to be prepared for what it coming whether I like it or not. Thanks for joining us #ablogginggoodtime

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      admin
      October 11, 2017 at 7:50 am

      Parenting is certainly a learning journey. I’m sure you will be great as your daughter moves in to the teen years. E x

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    Mummy in a TuTu
    October 11, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Im going to pin this for a few years time. what about toddlers who think they’re teens?!
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

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