Raising kids is hard work. It takes conviction, persistence and a whole lot of love and patience. Being a parent is one of the greatest thing one can do in life. The experience you give to your child as they’re growing up, it follows, should be one that will help them be good, solid, responsible people who will improve the world instead of dragging it down to the depths. It sounds pretty straight forward, and it is, but there are crucial periods in a child’s life that will be with them for the rest of their days. Teenage/adolescence is especially important. Here are some tips on how to help reinforce good ideas and tendencies in your teenager and discourage the bad ones.
- What Are Their Interests? It’s not unheard of for some parents to one day find themselves not really knowing who their kids are due to the physical and emotional changes that seem to increase in their frequency. If you’re reading this, then the odds are you can attest to the difficulty of being 16 and feeling like your parents don’t get you and all you want to do is be with your friends, drive cars and chase the opposite sex. It’s natural. But being right there with them for all of that stuff is key to ensuring that they learn the right lessons along the way. There is of course that fine line one must walk between being a nosy over bearing kind of parent and being too relaxed. You’re looking for that Goldilocks zone of parenting. Find out what they’re into and try to provide opportunities for them to explore what that is. Whether it’s baseball, working with their hands, musical talents or any other latent talents that we all possess.
- Let Them Make Some Choices Once In Awhile. This can be a hard one for most parents. Growing up, my father would always told me that we would use my judgment right up until his was better. Mistakes are made along the way and every now and again you do need to step in and be the pillar of reason but what is produced from this kind of teaching is a person that knows the difference between good and bad judgment and the wisdom to know when to use the good kind.
In an ideal world our kids would all be on the right track, know what they’re doing and not getting into any trouble but pigs definitely don’t fly in our world. Through thick and thin, simply being supportive will have the most mileage for your kids. There might be some kicking and screaming and a few arguments but one day they’ll thank you for it.
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