Parenting is hard. Having an infant has its own set of challenges. Having a toddler is even more difficult. And just when you’ve gotten the hang of your child, bam! You have a teenager. It can be enough to send you into a world of panic and worry. But it doesn’t have to.
The teen years are a time of confusion and upheaval for everyone involved. It’s a time of intense emotional, mental, and physical growth. The years in which your child comes of age can be some of the most difficult years that you’ve had so far as a parent. But you can get through it if you keep your head on.
Teenagers can be idealistic and optimistic. Teenagers are full of possibilities. For teenagers, anything could happen, and they look forward to getting out into the world and becoming adults. As parents, we get the opportunity to guide our children into adulthood with the support and love they need to become responsible and unique individuals.
It’s important to be prepared for all of the changes that lie ahead when you have a child who is entering adolescence. You can expect physical changes with puberty such as menstrual periods and breasts for girls as well as lower voices and facial hair for boys. You can also expect changes in behavior as teenagers want to become more independent. You can expect your teenagers to act negatively and to rebel against you. This is normal.
The best way to survive your children’s teen years is to educate yourself. Read books about being a teenager. Remember what your own teen years were like. Did you keep a journal? Go back and read it. Reconnect with your teenage self. Try to put yourself in your child’s shoes.
Another tip that is crucial to remember is that you must communicate with your teen. Have a talk with him or her explaining sexuality, masturbation, wet dreams, the physical changes their bodies will go through. This may seem embarrassing but it will be much better for them to hear about these changes from you before they experience them.
The teen years can be full of turmoil for both you and your children. Make sure you take the time to really understand where they are coming from and to reach out to them with good communication skills.