“Parenting a child of any age brings its own difficulties and challenges. With newborn babies, you have the challenge of learning how to actually be a parent to a new child because you have no experience. Toddlers get into everything all the time and need constant supervision, not to mention that they like seeing how much they can get away with as they learn about the world around them. And then you have teenagers, who are pushing limits and boundaries on a much larger scale as they try to figure out who they are and where they fit in the world.
Many believe that parenting teens is the trickiest part of being a parent because you have to set limits but not stifle a child’s growth. It’s often very difficult to know when you should let a teenager figure things out on their own and when to step in and give them some guidance, especially if said teenager doesn’t want to talk about what’s going on in their life. Many parents assume that in order to have a good relationship with their teenager, they can’t ever have arguments or disagree but that is actually quite false. Arguments and disagreements can actually be a sign of a positive parent and child relationship because it means that the parents have stepped in to take an active role in their child’s life and set proper boundaries.
One of the most important issues that parents and teens have to deal with today is the issue of illegal drug use. Teenagers will be exposed to drugs at least once so they need to know how to properly react and make a good choice when it comes to using them and what their dangers are. You should also have honest discussions about sex and its risks including unplanned pregnancies and the dangers of sexually transmitted diseases. It’s important to always be honest about how the choice they make can affect their life both in positive and negative ways.
However, it’s also very important to actually listen to your teenager when they express opinions and beliefs so that they feel like they are valued in a family. Talking things out with teens lets them know that they and their opinions are valid no matter what. It’s equally as important to let them know that even if they do make a bad choice that you are still there for them and are not going to stop loving them because they did something that was less than ideal. One of the challenges of parenting teens is making sure that they grow up to be good adults and communication is key to making sure they grow up right.”