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Handling Teenagers' Behavioral Problems

Jan 17, 2008
Parents look forward to their child reaching the teenage years with much excitement and many expectations. While children become more independent as teenagers physically, but emotionally and psychologically they need more attention. This is the stage when the adolescent feels confused about various things. The first thing that confuses them is that they are not children any more and not adults yet. For parents this stage is joyful as well as a situation that brings with it new and interesting child discipline challenges.

Here is some parenting advice to help you get through.

Adolescence is that time when they decide the type of adult they will ultimately become. Suddenly your children are looking at you differently. And a child you've never had a child behavioral problem with, now doesn't seem to do anything but the exact opposite of what they need to or are told too.

Another important fact to keep in mind while responding to your teenager's behavior is that this phase is many times more difficult for the teenager than for you the parent. He is going through tremendous changes which leave most questions unanswered confounding the confusion further. He can barely cope with the physical changes when he has to deal with emotions so strong that they seem to burst through the seams. As an adult who has gone through this phase yourself, you can help your child to sail through this awkward time smoothly.

First of all, treat your child as an adult. Many teenagers feel that their parents still view them as children. So they go out of their way to show how adult they are.

An easy way to do this is to extend curfew, or include them in more adult conversations. Take their opinions on family matters such as where to go for holidays and the like.

Discuss situations with them and let them express their opinions. This way you can give your point of view when you don't see eye to eye with them.

Giving responsibility to your teen child solves most discipline problems. Children often misbehave only to assert themselves. Once they know they are responsible for their actions they will correct their behavior automatically.

If your teen has reached the age where he or she is old enough to work, talk to them about getting a part time job. Make sure he or she understands that school is the most important thing he or she is doing in his or her life but encourage him or her to gain some financial freedom. If he or she is working, have him or her be responsible for purchasing school supplies.

As a parent it is your duty to help your child face the real world in every possible way. All you have to keep in mind is that your child may think he has grown up but you have to be there for him, although in the background, so that you are there when he needs you. After all, the real world is so different from the protected environment your child has grown up in.
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