Getting Along With Your Teen

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

Have additional tips that have worked?  Please feel free to e-mail them.                        Champion Parenting, Inc.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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About authoraliceiorio

A nationally known educator, with over 20 years of teaching experience (preschool- college) is President and founder of Champion Parenting, Inc., a nonprofit.
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