The ten key strategies good parents of teenagers
need to remind themselves:


 

  1. Know that raising a teen can be a challenging job.

  2. Teen behavior is an attempt to communicate. The magic is when you translate that behavior into words to help them be safe.

  3. Know that sometimes being angry with your teenager is normal.

  4. It's normal for your teen to want to spend time with friends rather than family. It doesn't mean she/he doesn't love you, it is his/her job to become more independent. Congratulate yourself for letting go and not being afraid you have lost your precious child.

  5. If your teenager is rebelling, it may mean you are on the right track.

  6. Doing it alone can be tough. Talking about it with someone you trust and respect can help.

  7. Know at any given moment, we all do the best that we can.

  8. If it feels like you are on a roller coaster with your teens, understand that their unpredictable waves of hormones may lead to unpredictable mood swings. It's not always you!

  9. On an inevitable day, when you think you are going to lose it, hold an ice cube in each hand to give yourself a moment to "chill".

  10. Hang in there! This too shall pass. One day, they will be adults and actually hug you back!


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Suzan Aldimassi, MS., MFT       Suzan@parenting-teenagers.com