Even if you’ve done everything right, teens will be difficult. Done right, the most difficult stage of parenting will be the teen years.
A lot of parents sense the difficulties in parenting a teenager and revert into a passive role, letting the teen take over. This concession is a mistake. While it may be easier for the parent, your teen still needs guidance. It can be shocking to parents when all of the sudden their teen child is acting out in a way that is uncharacteristic of the child they remember. Trust me, this is very common. Staying with them can be hard, but it’s what they need.
They expect more freedom, sometimes unreasonably so. They may expect to be treated like an adult although they are most definitely not. This will be when you can expect them to defy rules and maybe show some disrespect. They need more guidance as a teen.
We will attempt to help you get through the turmoil that arrives alongside the hormone surges of your teen. Boys and girls are both affected by hormones and the changes associated. They can be difficult to communicate with at this age and in many cases, this is the biggest roadblock of parenting a teen.
Parenting a teenager can make you feel as if you have failed as a parent. Try not to worry, it’s just another stage of childhood to get through, and this feeling is normal, as is the uncharacteristic behavior. Once through it, trust me, all the hard work will have paid off. You will see that sweet kid again, although it may take some time and will definitely take some patience. As mentioned, it is most difficult to parent a teen.
As always, we encourage you to get involved in the conversation. Please share experiences, tips, and advice if you have any. If you have any questions, please ask and if we cannot answer we will point you in the direction of someone who can.