Coping with Difficult Teens
Does your teen
contiguously argue and debate with you, or do they withdraw and
evade your company? Do they hang out with their friends all the
time, and do, wear or say things that shock you? Are they sloppy
and don't seem to care about anything they used to? What happened
to your little angel?
It is important to understand
that your child is trying to let go of what their childhood once
was. They are now becoming independent people and you as a parent
need to learn about this new independent person and help guide
them. It is important that you keep a sense of humor and show
love, interest and support in the face of indifference.
Accept these changes as normal
and stay calm. Be consistent about rules and family values. Explain
why you say no to them sometimes and the long-term consequences
that you are considering.
You should not assume that you
know your child inside out - be interested in their new selves
and be objective when dealing with them. Provide them with the
information they will need to make proper decisions about their
Teens & The Wrong
Drugs, Alcohol and