How to Be a Good Parent to Your Young Teenager
There is one singular and universal truth, a truth that parents job is never done. It is a job that takes 24/7 of your time and often doesn’t end even long after your kids are parents themselves. Still, it is also a gift, unlike any other, a gift to be held dear and cherished. With this in mind, every period of your child’s life has its perks and troubles, but there is none that is as peculiar as their adolescence. During this period it is not unusual for a parent to notice a change in their child’s behavior, and to some this might seem odd and potentially even dangerous. However, nothing is further from the truth.
A crossroads in life
During this period in their life, your children will start their transformation, their metamorphosis from kids into adult men and women, and this is, as such, completely normal and natural. All that parent needs, and in the end can do, during this period is be prepared for and aware of the impending changes, as well as be ready to adapt to them. A parent-child relationship is a relationship that is based on trust and mutual understanding and this important factor becomes even more important during this volatile period in their lives. Here are some general tips about dealing with this change in the most effective way.
Show your support on every step
It is not strange that some young adolescents experience lack of self-confidence and sometimes even express an increased insecurity. As a parent, the best you can do in this period is show your unconditional support and trust and hope that some of that trust will reflect on your beloved offspring. Another thing you can do for the sake of the mental health of your child in adolescence is try to take as much pressure off of them as you possibly can. Still, you must be very careful not to cross a line of giving in too much. They still need a healthy dosage of responsibilities and it is crucial that they are always aware that they alone will answer for any action they take.
Leaving the nest
Another crucial thing about this period is that it often represents their departure from home for the first time in their life, for an extended periods of time. Your child’s departure for college is bound to leave a significant impact on both their life and yours, but as everything else in life it is quite inevitable. In order to make this transition as healthy and natural as possible make sure to equip your progeny with the lifesaving and invaluable set of advices before they set off into this new and exciting world.
Advise them to eat regularly and as healthy as possible, it is also in their best interest to exercise as regularly as possible. Apart from this since they are still going there for the sake of education it is important for them to focus on their classes, but it is as important for them not to do so at the expense of their own personal life. It is of key significance to let them know that with proper organization and determination loving and learning can perfectly go hand in hand as they are supposed to.
Healthy communication is the key
In the end there is one thing that towers above all else. Talk to your children as much as possible. Try to find out about what is going on in their life and demonstrate your unwavering interest in everything that goes on with them currently. You do not want to meddle in their personal life more than your kids would be comfortable with, but make sure that they know that your doors are always opened for them regardless of what troubles befall them. Show them that you will always be there for them and they will know how to appreciate it, even if at times it might not seem so.
Being there for your children at all times is what makes a good parent. You do want your children, especially teenagers to become as independent and self-reliant as possible, since this is the trait that will prepare them for the harshness of real life, but just a bit of carefully directed help by parents can sometimes makes all the difference and go a long way. What more can a loving parent do?