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‘Parenting is a full-time job.’ YES, that’s what every parent hears and it is the truest explanation of being a parent. Be it emotionally or physically, a parent can’t imagine taking time off. You remember the all-nighters you spent taking care of your toddler, don’t you? Even though every moment spent with one’s kid is like a blessing and is the best time investment, it requires a lot of dedication and hard work in raising an admirable human being, and teenage is the most difficult time for both parents and kids. Teenagers go through various changes and may act violent, depressed, and reckless while going through their mood-swings. But the key in understanding this stage of teenagers is patience. It is very important for parents not to lose their calm with teenagers as that may only result in a defiant and disturbed relationship later. There are simple things which you can do which will make you a part of your kid’s teenager life without any fights or despair.

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  • Give teenagers their space– The major mistake which every parent makes is not giving teenagers their space. Teenagers need to establish their own identity and harming their freedom or imposing your choices on them won’t do any good. So, let them make their own decisions, guide them if they ask for your help or you see them going in absolutely wrong direction.
  • Invite teenagers’ friends’ over– teenagers are most influenced by their friends, if they see their parents taking interest in their friends, it is bound to make them happy and it gives a chance to you for recognizing the faces your kid hangs out with. Though avoid interfering in their time, just be a good host.
  • Be a good communicator– Let teenagers know that their parents are the best guides and will allow and respect their decisions. Your kids will have faith in you if you make them trust that you will be there for them in their grave times. Discuss everything with them, be it alcohol or relationship issues, be their friend for some while and not their parent.
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  • Establish boundaries and rules– If you establish reasonable rules, like setting a time for curfew up till 10:00, allowing them to stay overnight at a friend’s house, teenagers would stop arguing for freedom and would respect such rules. So, allow them to have independence, but not reckless freedom.
  • Accept teenagers mistakes– Teenagers go through a lot of peer- pressure and it may happen that even after caution, they are held in trouble or do some mistake. Rather than thrashing them for their wrong-doing, forgive them for their mistakes and discuss the issue. This will not only let you gain their trust, but will make them extra- cautious and responsible.
  • Respect teenagers’ decisions– Honor and respect your teenagers, and their decisions. Celebrate their success, and accept their failure with a smile. Teenagers will have entirely different opinion from you at times, but respecting and letting them make their own mistakes is part of growing up.
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Handling a teenager is indeed a difficult task, but with constant care and love, they will transform into beautiful adults with great personalities. Even though teenagers are influenced mostly by their friends, but parents will always be their first role- model. So, help teenagers develop good moral and ethical values and help them in avoiding making rash decisions. Be prepared for the thunder of emotions for some years only to see the calmness in your child heart.

And as always, happy parenting !

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