No messing around today, let’s get straight in to my top tips to help you be an awesome parent to your teen!
Give your teenager a break
Let your teenager establish their own identify by giving them more independence and letting them find out their place in the world. Give them the space they need to do this.
Keep talking to your teenager. You could also ask their friends round for pizza. It’s a great way of getting to know who they are handing out with and you can keep an eye on them while in the house!
Choose your battles
Some things are not worth getting annoyed at such as dying their hair or an untidy room. As long as your teenager is healthy, happy and safe don’t worry about the small things.
Set ground rules
It’s important to set the rules in advance and discuss them with your teenager. That way your teenager will accept them more readily and they won’t seem unfair.
Talk about risks
It’s good to talk to your teenager about the reality of life. It’s important to talk to them about drugs and sex. It’s all part of parenting and necessary to ensure your teenager can make informed choices.
While you don’t need to know what your teenager is doing every second of the day, it’s important to know where they are and to check in. Again discuss this process with your teenager and agree some rules.
Teenagers often feel interrogated by parents. Overcome this by telling your teenager about your own day before enquiring about theirs. If they seem upset but don’t want to talk at that particular moment, tell them if they feel like talking later, you are happy to listen.
Be a good role model
Actions really do speak louder than words so be a good role model for your teenager.