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How to Handle Your Teen’s Rebellious Behavior with Love and Understanding

A teen’s rebellious years can come as a shock to many parents. Even those who are expecting some major changes in their children are often surprised about how rebellion manifests itself in their own household. One of the keys to surviving these years is to handle the rebellious behavior with love, compassion, and understanding.

How to Handle Your Teen's Rebellious Behavior with Love and UnderstandingDon’t Ignore the Warning Signs

This is a mistake that is often made by parents who have not mentally prepared themselves for a rebellious teenager. They understand that some changes are going to take place in their child, but they are not sure about the extent of the changes. Warning signs such as angry outbursts and lies should be addressed immediately before the situation escalates.

Don’t Rely on the Law or Their School to Punish Them

Many parents feel like punishments coming from police officers and teachers will “teach their child a lesson” and help them avoid future problems. There is no doubt that children should have a healthy dose of respect for these individuals, but parents should never take problems such as drug or alcohol charges lightly. Without a top attorney, dealing with drug charges could haunt a younger child for the rest of their life.

Fix Problems at Home

The parenting climate can be a major factor in how your child is acting. Teenagers are often much more perceptive than we give them credit for, and this is why so many parents fail to realize that their own relationship is affecting their children. Issues that you might need to address as a parent include fighting, extreme discipline methods, stress from finances, physical abuse, and emotional abuse. Fixing these problems first could alleviate much of the stress that is taking place in your family.

Communication Is Key

Organizations such as the American Psychological Association continue to release studies that show the importance of communication between parents and their children. No matter what other steps are taken to help your child, a lack of communication could be sabotaging the relationship. Parents should take some time to talk to their children as often as possible when they feel that the child is most receptive to communications. For some children, conversations are best left until after dinner or first thing in the morning before the stress of the day sets in.

There is no parenting method that will work for every single family. Parents simply need to start early, stay positive, and continue communicating with their child until they develop a system that works.

Tim Esterdahl

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