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.


Stay connected

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.


Check in

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.


Keep communicating

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.

Happy parenting!


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    August 8, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Even though my four year old feels like he is a teenager at times, I’m grateful I’ve a few more years to prepare myself! #TwinklyTuesday

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:23 pm

      Lol, to be honest I thought I was prepared myself! There’s always something new that comes along as a challenge but it makes it interesting! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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    Baby Isabella
    August 8, 2017 at 4:48 pm

    Some of these tips could apply to children of all ages especially choosing your battles! My mummy often does that with me. Great tips. Popping over from #TwinklyTuesday

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      Thanks for popping over 🙂

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    August 8, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Excellent advice! Particularly pick your battles! So agree.

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      August 10, 2017 at 12:20 pm

      Thank you. Yes, it’s a struggle but choosing the right time pays dividends in the long run!

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    Karen Dennis
    August 11, 2017 at 8:51 am

    There are some valid points made here, people say that the terrible twos are the hardest years of parenting, wait until they become teenagers, I always think #thatfridaylinky@_karendennis

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      August 11, 2017 at 8:54 am

      I totally agree! Although by the teenager years you hope you have more option for reason!

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    August 13, 2017 at 8:30 pm

    Excellent tips Thank you for linking to #ThatFridayLinky Please come back next week for

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