• Mimi Oke

Parenting Teenagers 1

This is one very sensitive issue that is very dear and near to my heart. Having been a teenager myself, and being a teenage teacher for over 10 years.

A lot has evolved over the years, the world has moved online, a lot of teenagers are more in touch with life online than reality. A lot of parents either feel like they are losing control, or have lost control of their once obedient teenager.

As a teenage teacher, I can definitely tell that there is a very wide gap between teenagers from ten years ago and the teenagers of this day and age. However, there is no need to be overwhelmed anymore as I would be sharing a series of helpful tips and strategies over the coming weeks that have worked.

Seek to understand your teenager

You start winning by seeking to understand your teenager. I have come to realize that teenage parents make this foundational mistake of trying to raise their teenagers the way their parents raised them. Maintaining the status quo in this time and age should be "walking the old path wearing new shoes". On the contrary, a lot of parents are missing it by "walking the old path still wearing old shoes". I definitely agree with you that there are some fundamentals that should remain, morals, and values that cannot be traded or compromised.

However, dear parent please be open to understanding your teenagers' thought patterns, read books on teenage psychology, seek to understand the trending platforms, apps, and activities that the interact with daily.

The benefits of educating yourself as a parent with teenagers will reduce your mistake span drastically. I would help you know when to be their friend, know when to be firm as a parent, know when to raise your voice, know when to have a quiet conversation instead. Know when to listen to them, then hug /hold them in a warm embrace no questions asked, no further probing, know when to listen, and ask questions.

Once you get this first tip! you are definitely on your way to a great parenting journey

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