The teenage years are some of the most difficult for anyone to go through. If you can remember back to the time whenever you were a teenager, you no doubt remember some situations that you came into which were also very difficult for you to handle. This can not only be difficult on the teenager, it can also be difficult on their parents in order for them to understand how to breach the generation gap that may exist. Here are some teenager parenting tips that you can use as a guideline for dealing with these difficult years in your child.
One of the most important things for you to understand is that, even though your teenager may be growing up to a certain extent they still need to follow some certain guidelines. What you need to do is to establish those guidelines for the individual and the not to follow some specific set of rules that are laid out by somebody that does not know your child. If you treat your teenager as an individual then they will be more apt to develop as an individual.
All teenagers are faced with certain expectations that come their way by their peers. This not only includes peer pressure to do such things as drugs or drinking, it also includes the way in which they dress or the body image that they may be expected to maintain. Not everybody is going to have the perfect body and it may be very difficult for a teenager to understand this, especially if they have a difficulty with things such as their weight or perhaps acne. Try to help your teenager to develop a healthy view of their own body and to be comfortable with who they are as an individual.
You should also make sure that you are informed and able to distinguish the warning signs of drinking or drug use. None of us expect our child to get involved with these sorts of things but they are living in a world that is full of pressures that may lead them in this direction. By knowing the early warning signs, you will be in a better position to communicate with your child if you recognize them taking place. Although it will not be the most popular theme of conversation, it is an important one for you to discuss with them, both in advance and if you should happen to recognize any problems coming your way.