Teenagers face some difficult hurdles as they grow into adulthood. Some of these challenges include emotional, physical and social development. Here are a few quick things we can do to help our teens:
- Talk to your teen more and also get to know your teen’s friends.
- Be a real parent and take interest in your teen’s school life, which means attending school functions like conferences and open house. Occasionally email your teen’s instructors and just find out if there are any concerns.
- Be a guide, by helping your teen make wise and healthy choices while encouraging the teen to make his or her own decisions. Give your teen some independence while emphasizing responsibility.
As a parent, you have gone through this stage and understand what it’s like to be on a roller coaster of the teenage life. Use your experience and help your teen to navigate. Talking the steering wheel completely isn’t always the best answer, so relax, breathe and keep an open communication.