Are you a parent terrified of how you are going to deal with all the intense growth that comes with teen years? Or do you already have them on your hands and are a bit confused? Or have you not considered it yet?
Well, just to let you know that you are not alone. These years do not come only with the physical changes, but also emotional and psychological changes. They tend to be more rebellious at this stage, wanting to be more in charge of their emotions and trying to always get you to understand things from their own point of view or perspective.
Parents make so many mistakes at this crucial stage of their children’s mental development. They tend to want to still be in control through forcefulness and high-handedness. This has caused a lot of strain between parents and their teenage kids.
ADVICE ON HOW TO APPROACH THIS STAGE AS A PARENT.
LISTEN: Be ready to be their friend, at this stage, they want you to be more understanding of their needs and one of the ways in which you can achieve this, is by paying more attention to them, taking out the time to study them behaviorally and learn to be a good listener.
BE READY TO ANSWER QUESTIONS: This is when you start getting some very uncomfortable questions from your teenage kids, that is, if you have been able to win their friendship, be ready to answer these questions as honestly as you can,” even though you are going crazy inside” calmness at this stage is very crucial.
SLOW TO ANGER: You have to learn at this stage to keep your anger in check, you push them away by exhibiting so much anger when they make mistakes.
TRUST: Teenagers open up more, when they feel they can trust you, they tell you things on their mind sometimes, without you even asking. Work at gaining their trust and gradually other things will fall into place.
Above all, do not forget to pray and continue to pray for your children, as this is the seal that binds all, mentioned above. Let us share our thoughts on this and help inspire someone today.