The teenage years have been referred to as the “age of raging hormonal imbalance.” This is not an easy time for parents, but it is probably even harder for your teenager. During this time, some teens will exert their independence. They will probably challenge your authority. They may even show a great deal of disrespect or emotional outbursts.
Reacting calmly and remaining in control will minimize the upheaval your teen can cause, and will help him behave better. Look for the positive and acknowledge it. Create a Positive Home Environment. It will make a great difference in both the short term and long term. During this time, you should use the things you control, as incentives, to help your child do the things she needs to do.
The behavioral parenting skills presented on this site work well with teens. Even if you have a prodigal son or daughter, (or especially if you have a prodigal son or daughter), you need to use these skills. If you do have a teen who has rejected your family values, you need to read the book, “What’s a Parent To Do” by Glenn I. Latham.
Finally, Parent Coaching can help you handle this difficult situation in a positive manner. It can help you achieve that Positive Home Environment, even with teens. It can help you learn and apply the skills you need to help your teen mature into a happy, healthy and faithful adult.
If you have questions as to whether Parent Coaching can help you, call Tom Dozier. Calls are free and welcome.