Your child isn't a baby anymore, it’s his/her teenage. It’s a time when parents are obsessed for their child’s future and well being. Yes, probably your kids must have become more pensive now than before. And they will surely try to test your patience levels and your limits all the time; Don’t fret! They're still your children.
Teenagers won't accept it but, they still need you!
# Parenting tips to know what efforts are worth it, and which ones recoil:
10. Focus on child's hobbies and interests:
It may happen that you’re completely off the track to understand their interests but focusing on it will get you a new way of communication path with your child and also you may learn something new.
9. Don’t rely on parenting books:
Yes, parenting books are not bad but, don’t replace your own innate skills with the experts advice.
8. Don’t ignore things:
Teen monitoring is very important. If you doubt or find your child using drugs, alcohol, dozens of empty cough syrup bottles, pills, rolling papers or matchsticks, you must take action, before it becomes a chronic problem for you.
7. Maintain discipline:
Emphasis on obedience is necessary but, don’t go overboard. Give your teens a clear structure of pliant rules to be followed as they are trying to explore the world outside. Prioritizing on rules will provide both parents and teen a chance to compromise and negotiate.
6. Make time for your kids:
Always remember, parent’s influence runs deeper than one may think. Teens would want your more time but they won’t say it ever. Give your child a sense of feeling that in their hardships, they will always find parents by their side. Your love is and will always be unconditional for them.
5. Guide your child, don’t rule over them:
No ultimatum strategies will work on your teenager. Your child will definitely try to impose a reverse strategy on you, if you try to control them. Be concise and clear.
4. Don't scold:
Make sure you rebuke the behavior of your teen, not your teen. Avoid being sarcastic or using demeaning or disrespectful tone. Avoid scolding your teen in front of their friends.
3. Make him act more responsible:
Try to give your teen some small additional household tasks to make him feel more responsible and a helping hand for his/her parents. Appreciate your child in front of your family, relatives and friends. But, don’t exaggerate things because, your teen might feel embarrassed.
2. Role model:
Set a positive example for your child by not fighting over petty issues with your spouse specially over dining table. Instead let the father have a healthy conversation with the child at that time.
1. Parental control:
Also remember that Internet is an amazing resource for your teenagers, but it’s your duty to keep you child safe from the Dark Corners of Web. Blocking the teenagers web access is out of question. So, the best option is to simply monitor your child’s phone to make out what exactly they are doing.
So, parents of teenager should keep interacting with their lovely children. Don’t let the communication gap hinder your love towards them. You will have to be an initiator at their teenage, keep asking questions to your child like - how was the day at the school, tuitions etc. Talk more about his/her extra curricular activities and their interests. Maintain a light, happy atmosphere at your home so that your teen feels secure and more confident in you.
Most importantly keep a check on your teen’s behavior, academic performance, his fashion style, and friends with the help of child monitoring apps.