Tips to Consider When Tackling Teenager Rebellion

Teenager rebellion. Just the words makes me exhausted! Do you remember what it was like for you as a teenager? Now think about the experience from your parents perspective. Wow. My parent’s sure had their hands full!

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Teenager rebellion can be difficult to understand when you’re in the throws of it. The first step in getting things under control is first to acknowledge that you have a teenager, avoid confrontation, and be patient.

Teenagers go through a rebellious period as they learn how they fit into an adult world and where they fit in the larger scheme of things. They’re looking at life and asking, “How do I fit in and what do I stand for?” In order for our teenagers to define for themselves their belief system, they will ultimately push the envelope, make a lot of mistakes, and learn where the limits are in their expected behavior. Teenagers are learning how to be adults…and will likely stumble a great deal before they get their act together. It is our job as parent’s to be there when they fall and help encourage them on.

Confronting your teenager harshly almost never works. As parents, we need to switch gears from guiding the child to guiding the young adult. What worked when our teenager was a child will not work now. The more you confront, the more your teenager will push back. They will attempt to test their will and strength and before you know it a battle is at hand.

For parents, it can be quite difficult to know how to handle their teenage son or daughter. Below are some tips that can help as you try to guide your teenager to develop into a competent adult.

1) Try focusing your discussions on acceptable behavior and ask them if they believe their behavior is acceptable. Make your expectations clear and justify why you believe this way.

2) Ask questions. Asking your teenager questions in order to guide them to the outcome you would like to see for them is a great way to direct them without them knowing what you’re attempting to do. Make them think they are formulating their own decision.

3) Pick your battles. Some battles just aren’t worth fighting over. If there are several issues at hand, chose to tackle the ones that are most important. Bright pink hair certainly is not as important as, say, shoplifting!

4) Realize your teenager is going through a sometimes scary transition. It can be overwhelming entering adulthood so make sure you show understanding and patience as your teenager develops.

5) Be prepared. Before you enter into any discussion, be prepared. Rely on your years of wisdom to help guide your child.

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