Many children grow into successful teenagers who become productive adults. However, the process of growing from a teen into an adult is a challenge even for the most well rounded children. The key to focus on here is what the teen needs to be successful. As parents, it is often necessary to step back and give kids the opportunity to make their own changes and decisions.
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One of the ways that many parents tackle these hard decisions about parenting is to give their teen options. Instead of just telling the teen no, they show them what their options are, including the consequences of each action. This is the best way to teach teens that may otherwise be less willing to listen.
- Educating children about some things is not an option. Drugs and alcohol, for example, can be an instance when you do step in and help the child to decide the right answers.
- In situations with relationships and dating, it may be better to offer advice and to let the teen to make the right decisions. That way, he or she learns how to have successful relationships.
- When it comes to medical needs, educational resources and other limitations, it is often necessary to tell rather than to teach. However, teach as you tell them what to do so that later in life, your child can make better decisions on their own
Knowing when to intervene in the lives of teens is not easy. Most parents will benefit from just knowing what their teen is doing so that you can give them guidance and encouragement as the situation fits. Teens need guidance and encouragement.