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How to Raise Your Teenager (without being overbearing)

Establish some rules, but also give them freedom to act

We were all once a teenager, so we should understand what it’s like wrestling with all those hormones, trying to navigate high school, dealing with friends and crushes, and wanting to be independent. Yet many parents forget what it was like and struggle when it comes to raising their teenager. Of course, teenagers are known for being reclusive, unpredictable and sometimes quite rude and nasty.

However, a teenager will typically revert back to a more watered-down version of themselves once they reach adulthood – all you have to do is try and handle them during those teenage years.

A teen girl sitting on the ground, as if contemplating something

Being a teenager is a struggling period for both parents and teens.
While teens are trying to find their own personality, both parents
and teenagers have to find way to grow and live together.

Struggling with your teenager and unsure on how to raise them? Here are some tips to help you!

Respect their Boundaries

Teenagers will most likely wish to put new boundaries in place, and while this may be difficult for you to understand, you need to respect their wishes. For example, your teenager may want more time on their own and wish for you to knock on their bedroom door before entering.

They may also only wish to communicate with you when it is necessary. The worst thing that you could do is disrespect these new boundaries, causing them to push you away, act out, or resent you. However, you will also want to set your own boundaries so that they still have rules to live by.

Take Away Privileges if Needed

While you want to respect your teenager’s boundaries, this does not mean you should allow them to do whatever they wish. You will still need to have rules in place which coincide with their freedom, and if they are unable to stick to these rules, you will need to take away their privileges. For instance, have you allowed them to have a TV and games console in their bedroom? If so, you should remove it for a couple of days if they break a rule.

Speak to Professionals (if needed)

Your teenager may get into trouble and commit a crime just as vandalism, underage drinking, shop lifting, etc. If this happens, then you will want to speak to professionals so that you can offer your teenager the right support. While you will want them to be held accountable, you will also wish for them to get the best legal advice so that the mistake does not harm their future. The best way to do this is to speak to professionals such as those at campolidefense.com. They will be able to discuss the next steps and how you and your teenager can deal with the juvenile charges.

Do Not Take their Threats as a Challenge

Teenagers can be known for making threats if they feel as if you are being unfair. They may say that they dislike you, are planning on running away, or not going to college. All these things can be a parent’s worst nightmare, but it is important that you do not take their threats as a challenge as they are more likely to follow through with them in an act of defiance. Allow your teenager to cool off, as it is more than likely that they have said these things in a fit of rage and upset.

Teenagers can get a bad reputation, and while you may be expecting the worse, you may also be lucky enough to have a teenager who does not push your buttons or rebel. However, it is essential that you listen to your teenager and allow them to express themselves on their own accord. Not doing so can cause them to act out.

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