Parents today need to be reminded that they are not perfect. However, parents who keep an open mind, a willingness to learn, practice, and share, can improve their existing skills and become even more confident.
Here are 10 simple suggestions that parents can implement immediately:
*Make time to engage in an activity that you both can enjoy together.
*Open communication requires listening when your teenager is talking to you. Give him your complete attention, just like you require of him, when you are talking.
*Choose your battles. Don’t make something bigger than it really is.
*Respect individuality. View your teenager as an individual separate from you.
*Respect his privacy, unless of course it becomes suspicious.
*Respect his feelings. Refrain from implying that his feelings do not matter.
*Don’t judge. Teens are very sensitive about being judged. Stick to the facts rather than your opinions.
*Praise is very important. Effort is equally important as accomplishments.
*Set limits. All children regardless of age require limits with family rules that have consequences.
*Share your decision-making techniques, but allow the teen to use his individual approach to solving problems. Step in only when necessary.
“The truth is, every touchdown in life is a team effort!”– Max Lucado
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