Raising children can be one of life’s most profound blessings, but it also can be very challenging, especially if you have a teenager. As children, they develop their own unique personalities, and sometime rebellion becomes just another part of the parenting process.
Sometimes the issue of appropriate discipline, praise and reward becomes an issue, and trying to find the right tools to use is all about knowing what is available to you. Many parents of teenagers become frustrated as their teenager may start to rebel and become distant. However, parents should realize there are various ways to connect with your teen, and open up the lines of communication.
First, find out what they like. Most teens today are obsessed with video games and the internet. You don’t have to be computer savvy to enjoy the hobbies they like. Having them teach you how to play one of their favorite games is a great way to bond with them, and get them to open up to you. For example, if they are into computer games, you can play fun games like online bingo, The Sims, Scrabble or educational games that may interest them.
Once you have bonded with them, and had a little bit of fun, remind them that you are always there for them if they want to talk. They will then feel more comfortable talking to you about something that may be bothering them, or may not rebel as they were in the past. You may not see significant results right away, but don’t give. Take small steps to get into your teen’s world, and find out what they’re thinking, and how you can help them.