How is parenting a teen different from parenting a younger child?
Parenting children of all ages can be hard, but teenagers are often particularly challenging. As well as issues surrounding physical and emotional development, today’s teens must also navigate the online world. The more parents understand about adolescence, the better chance they have of successfully communicating with and guiding their teens through this important time in their lives.
What are the top five biggest mistakes parents make when parenting a teen?
All parents make mistakes and that’s to be expected – none of us are perfect. With teenagers, these may include:
- Trying to be their friend
- Too much or not enough discipline
- Pressuring them to perform
- Assuming that they don’t want to talk
- Banning technology as punishment
How can parents alter their parenting approach to be more effective?
Each child is different, so parents need to learn about their needs and educate themselves about what has worked for others over many years. The advice of qualified experts can be useful in guiding your approach, but your gut feeling and knowledge of your own child are also crucial. For example, an introverted teenager needs a different approach to one who is extroverted.
What do teenagers need most from their parents during their teen years?
Above all else, unconditional love, empathy and support. But teenagers also need and seek boundaries and guidance as they naturally try to assert their independence. The key is balancing these elements and encouraging honest and open communication.
How would Teens 101 help parents?
Modern parenting is a combination of instinct and education. In a fast-changing world, most parents and carers want some help with the many challenges parenting presents, such as deciding how much technology is too much. Teens 101 is full of expert advice, the latest research and case studies that are designed to help educate parents and start important conversations with their teenagers.