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Kids and TeensCommunicating with your Teenager
One of the chief complaints about raising a teenager is the lack of communication between parent and child. Here are some ideas on how to open the lines of communication between you and your child, as well as some tips on relating with your teen.
Teenagers today are a far cry from the past generation. Many parents are now finding it hard to cope with their growing teens. Some parents just find it hard to believe that after raising their children with proper discipline and values, they still continue to stray to the wrong direction.
It's also important that you let your child know that you're upset by what he or she did and you only want the best for them. Let them feel your love and support to what they're going through but be clear that you also don't want them to stray by befriending the wrong people and getting into illicit activities. When you are able to talk in a calm manner even when your child is rude to you, you will be more appreciated. Who knows, your teenager will eventually open up to you and not become rebellious. Raising your voice will only make them turn away from you.
Try to build a better communication line in the house. Keep up with what's happening to your children during dinner time when all of you are present. This is a good bonding moment but be sure not to make it into a lecture time.
Parents only want the best for their children and they could lose their self esteem when behavior problems crop up. If you feel like a failure, you can always resort to family counseling. Family therapists can help you analyze your situation and guide you in the best way to handle your teenager's problems. They are the best authority to turn to especially if you have a hard-to-handle teen child who needs the proper guidance of a third party.