Use these 25 easy steps to improve your relationship with your teenager.
The teen years are terribly challenging for parents. Think about it; the once little bundle of joy who could tell mommy and daddy anything starts withdrawing and doing all manner of things that as may just seem to be out rightly annoying and challenging your authority as a parent. It’s as bad as the toddler years of the terrible twos or even worse especially because unlike the terrible twos, teenagers can hold grudges and consistently act in a manner that makes you cringe as a parent.
It is quite obvious that as your children reach the teenage level, they begin changing; both physically and behaviour wise. Sometimes the kids seem hell bent on doing the exact opposite of what you may be asking as their parent. However, just as you as a parent may think your child has turned for the worst or are afraid they may, the truth is that the child is going through so many things. If you use the same old parenting ways of dealing with toddlers, you just may lose your teenager to whatever it is you are trying so hard to keep him/her away from. Your child is not exactly the little kid you once knew; they are now teens who need to be treated as teens and if you don’t get it right, you probably may be setting yourself up for failure and unnecessary headaches.
One of the biggest problems that many of us parents have is our approach to teen parenting. With the many horror stories that we may have come across regarding teen parenting, we end up approaching parenting teenagers as an ordeal that we are very much incapable of handling. That’s why we feel that we can only helplessly watch as our teens turn into some unpredictable monsters.
Well, raising teens does not have to be that way. You can parent them in a way that increases the chances of turning out well. If you are looking for information on how to go about it, this book has all the information you need to bring them up in a way that guarantees less friction and increases their chances of becoming responsible adults after making it through their teenage years successfully.
The teen years can be daunting for any parent. But if you are the parent of a teen who lashes out or engages in troubling behavior, you may be unsure of how to respond to your child in a compassionate, constructive way. In this important book, two renowned experts in teen mental health offer you evidence-based skills for dealing with your teen’s out-of-control emotions using proven-effective dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). Helping your teen to effectively deal with their feelings now can have a lasting, positive impact on their future. After all, honing skills for emotion regulation will act as a foundation for your teen’s overall mental health. This book will help your teen gain awareness of their emotions, and offers tools to help them choose how to respond to these emotions in effective ways. If you’re at your wit’s end and are looking to end the drama while keeping yourself sane in the process, this book will be your guide. It is a must-read for any parent!
It’s not easy to be a teen girl, but it’s even harder to parent one. Parents everywhere struggle to respond appropriately to the defiant behaviour, confrontational or non-existent communication, and mood swings commonly exhibited by teenage girls. This population faces a unique range of body image issues and psychological vulnerabilities that put them at increased risk for depression, eating disorders, self-injury, anxiety, and mental health conditions. Written by the mother of two teenage girls who is also a licensed clinical psychologist, “Parenting a Teen Girl” is a parent’s survival guide to navigating this challenging time. This workbook offers parents the skills, exercises, and scripts they need to rebuild communication with their daughters and build the foundation for greater cooperation and connection in the future. Unlike similar books, which merely serve as frightening exposes of bad teen behaviour, this book provides parents with concrete tools and tips they can use right away to decrease their anxiety, increase understanding in the parent-teen relationship, and become more successful in communicating with their teen daughters.The book includes information on dating, academics, and technology use that will prove immensely helpful to parents.
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