Understanding Your Teenage Child!

Teenagers can be found ridiculously confused at times. Thats’ because they go through a phase of peer, family and academic pressure. They are into a stage when they go through tremendous physiological and psychological changes, and they are slowly and steadily transforming into young adults. It is the stage when these ‘almost-near-adults’ start creating their belief system.

Teenagers are easily susceptible to influence; good and bad both. Teenagers just start looking forward to freedom during this period. They look forward to dreams that seem unrealistic and their behavior might seem very obnoxious to adults; especially parents.

It is because there is already a communication gap due to the difference in the maturity levels of the child and the parent. Teenagers require their personal space; their personal time and a personal right to identify themselves as one who is unique and especially different than his/her parent.

Thoughts of a teenager might sound childish though the truth is that they do not mature instinctively to a level which is the same as of an adult. They are still children until they start developing the tendencies to take responsibility for their actions all by themselves.

When you talk to them, they might be very good at something or rather, very bad at something. They require support especially during tough times to deliver results.

A parent must understand a teenagers concern rather than ‘putting off’ their stubborn behavior just because they act in a way an adult finds difficult to digest. Teaching teenagers financial and social independence can help them stabilize and grow steadily rather than remaining confused.

Being a friend rather a parent can be a way to build a communication. If a parent acts as if they are teenagers with their teenage child will sound more rewarding to their child as they would be more comfortable talking a person of their own age than someone who has become a complete adult. Listening to what they have to say is crucial for every parent as they have no maturity to make their own decisions.

Many-a-times, teenagers show attempts at becoming an adult by themselves and it is essential for a parent to appreciate their efforts. They start to take their responsibilities when they are starting to mould themselves into successful individuals. They just require someone who can heartfully listen to what they have to say, guide them when they require guidance and let them speak what is on their way.

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