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How Parents Can Help Their Teens with Anything Life Throws at Them

The teen years could be filled with a lot of drama, mood swings and arguments. Parenting a teen takes a lot of patience, understanding and a willingness to focus on your child. Even the most patient and caring of parents can be challenged during a child’s teenage years. These four tips will help you to help your teen cope with anything that life throws at him or her.

Provide Your Teen a Healthy Environment

As a parent, it is important to provide your teen with a healthy environment. Your home life should be safe for your teen. For example, your teen should have a safe and private space for sleeping, getting dressed and taking care of his or her daily needs. It is also important to provide nutritious food for your teen. The teenage years are a time of rapid growth and development. Your teen may even be responsible enough to help you with the grocery shopping, meal preparation and cooking. Make sure your teen gets enough sleep. Getting the right amount of sleep could help your teen to have a better mood and make better life decisions.

Schedule Your Teen for Muscle Testing

Kinesiology is another word for muscle testing. This type of holistic treatment or alternative medicine could help your teen to get more in tune with his or her emotions. Your teen can do muscle testing on his or her own after learning how from a holistic health practitioner that is a muscle testing resource. Muscle testing is done in order to find a blocked electrical or energy flow in the body and to get an answer to a question that might be bothering your teen. One simple muscle test is to make an “O” with the thumb and index finger.

Offer a Pair of Listening Ears

As a parent, it is easy to insert an opinion or judgment about your teenage child’s thoughts or actions. When your child is willing and ready to talk, it is important to just sit and listen to what your child has to say. You do not need to judge your child or offer any advice. Just listen until your child has finished talking. If your child does ask for advice, offer it. If you do not feel like you can listen without interrupting, you might wish to set your child up with a counselor. A family therapist might also be a good idea. The professional will help you to become a good listener and communicator with your child.

Connect Your Teen with a Positive Role Model

Sometimes, teenagers get tired of being with their parents or guardians all of the time. If you can, connect your teen with a positive role model. There are many community organizations that facilitate this process, such as the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. If you are a member of a religious organization, the leadership might offer mentoring programs. The local school system might be able to connect your child with a professional in the community who could function as a role model. For example, if your teen has dreams of growing up and becoming a physician, the school might know of an alumnus who has done just that. Sports, after school programs and community centers are also helpful for providing your teen with positive and safe social connections.

Your child’s teen years are when he or she grows into an adult person. Now is the time to provide positive coping strategies and good role models for adult behavior. Making sure that your teen is healthy and has a safe environment are also key to being able to deal with the inevitable surprises and twists that life has to offer.

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