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Living In Peace With Your Teenagers When your children become teenagers, that is when parenting can be the most difficult. To make sure that peace is kept in your home, and to create a setting that is good for both you and your teens, apply the following teen parenting tips. 1. Give your teenagers some room to breathe. During this time, teenagers are trying to assert their independence. They want to do things on their own, and they do not want their parents around all the time. Think back to when you were that age; did you want your parents listening to your entire conversation? Give them a little bit of freedom, and let them earn more and more freedom as they get older. 2. Focus on the big things. A lot of parents want to micromanage their teenagers, but that is a mistake. Keep your eyes on the bigger things, for example their school grades, their ability to take care of their personal hygiene, and their interactions with others. If their room isn't always clean, it's okay. 3. Know your teen's friends. This is arguably the most important time for you to know who your children are hanging out with. If you hear about a certain friend a lot, invite them over for dinner and get to know them. If you are confident that your teen's friends are good kids, you will not worry so much when they are out together. 4. Don't make up rules as you go along. It is tempting to see something happen and change rules accordingly, but it is not good for your teenager. Teenagers are going through a lot of changes, and it is extremely stressful for them if you start changing things all the time. You should be a consistent force in your child's life, so that you are the one thing they can always depend on. 5. Talk to your teen about checking in. A lot of kids are fine with checking in with their parents if you talk to them about it beforehand. Don't expect them to have the brain that you have---sometimes they will forget. Just remind them when you would like to be called, and remind them why you need to be able to reach them. 6. Have talks about important things and risky behavior. Remember, this is the age where your children will start listening to other people. It is imperative that you give them information that their friends might get wrong. Talk to your teenager about sex, alcohol and drugs before anyone else has the opportunity to do so. 7. Be a good role model. If you are not "walking the talk", your teenager will not respect you, and they will act the way they want to act instead of the way they ought to act. If you expect them to be on time, you be on time. If you expect them to keep their promises, make sure you keep yours. Be a good role model that they can look up to, and they will live up to their potential. Use these tips to make those teen years more peaceful for you and your teen. Remember, this is your baby, and always will be. Click Here For More Information
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