Living In Peace With Teens Is Possible – Here’s How!

Living in peace with teens may seem impossible, but we have the tips you need to be a successful parent with a teenager living under your roof! Raising a teenager can be challenging, but it can also be done peacefully! 

 

Living In Peace With Teens Is Possible – Here’s How!

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Many parents dread their children’s teenage years. After all, it’s not like teenagers have a good reputation. They can be very short-tempered and quite moody. That is, of course, if you can get anything out of them – most teenagers will happily ignore their family and will prefer to be glued to the TV or computer or phone!

Thankfully, living with a teenager doesn’t have to be quite so stressful. There are ways you can make peace with them and live together in harmony. Raising a teenager can be a great experience!  Read on to find out how to successfully parent teens!

Give Teens Responsibility

One reason why some teenagers get so bored and fed up is that they don’t have enough responsibility in their lives. Even though they may not be full-fledged adults just yet, giving teens responsibility will give them a taste of life to come. It’s also important to offer them a few different responsibilities and roles in the home.

For instance, you might want to allocate them a couple of chores to take care of. Have them tidy their own bedrooms and do their own laundry. This gives them an idea of just how much work is involved when it comes to running a household.

Once you give your teen responsibility, they certainly won’t be as bored!

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Limit Screen Time

It’s a good idea to try to limit your teen’s screentime. One way to limit screen time is by taking advantage of parental controls. There are lots of providers who you might want to consider packaging your service with when it comes to your internet and TV. The parental controls available should be detailed in the package description.

Another way to limit screen time is to encourage teens to take up some other hobbies, such as joining a sports club or learning a new skill, so that they have something other than simply watching the TV or playing video games.

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Don’t Always Follow Parenting Books

There are a lot of parenting books out there aimed at parents of teenagers. It might be very tempting to read parenting teen books from cover to cover and follow their every word of advice, but that’s not always the best strategy. After all, your child is completely unique and might not react too well to generic advice that you read in a book. A book doesn’t have all the answers to parenting  a teen

Instead, it’s worth listening to your instincts and following what your own heart and head say about parenting a teen. You will have a much better idea of how to influence and motivate your teenager.

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Don’t Always Expect The Worst

I know that I previously mentioned that raising a teenager can be daunting. But that isn’t always the case! In fact, you might find it a lot easier raising a teenager if you don’t just expect the worse right from day one.  Expect the best from your teen!

After all, there is more chance of your teenager being well behaved than turning into a delinquent overnight! Not only that, though, but if you do expect the worse and try to suffocate your teen, they might be a lot more likely to rebel against you. Expect the best from your teen, and they will see how much you care about them!

See, raising a teen doesn’t have to be so bad!

 

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4 Comments

  • Shelly Bishop

    This is a great opportunity for us parents to brush up on what teenagers are going through as far as brain development goes. When you learn the new scientific findings it is a bit easier to deal with the new “crazy” behaviors.

    February 2, 2019 at 3:39 am Reply
    • Michele

      Dealing with teenagers really can be really challenging! I think it can be easy for us, as parents, to remember how difficult those teen years really are. But, if we are willing to be understanding, so much can change and living in peace with teens is possible.

      February 3, 2019 at 12:29 am Reply
  • Shelly

    Teenagers can be so much fun. I loved the opportunity to connect on a more adult level. Not to say it was all happy, because it wasn’t. But I learned like you said. don’t always follow the books. All of my teenagers reequired unique interactions.

    January 15, 2019 at 5:46 pm Reply
    • Michele

      Yes! All teenagers are different. Reading books and having a basic idea of what to expect with teens, but sticking with your mom gut and knowing your child is really best!

      January 18, 2019 at 2:33 pm Reply

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