Are you struggling with your teen’s problem behaviors? Are you unsure what behavior is acceptable and what is unacceptable? Are you struggling to keep on top of your teen’s problem behaviors?
Parenting teens can be a nightmare, but it doesn’t have to be. Here’s a list of problem behaviors that many parents experience with their teens so that you can identify problem behaviors and attempt to move forward with your teen.
- Your Teen Lies
Honesty is really important in the home environment and once trust is broken it is really hard to gain it back. Teens will often tell lies because they feel like they can’t be honest with you or because they know you wont accept their behavior or actions if they are honest. To discourage your teen from lying you should ensure that your home encourages open, honest communication and has effective consequences in place when your teen does lie.
- Your Teen Behaves Badly
If your teen behaves badly at home or school then it’s important you start transforming their behavior. A teen’s bad behavior at school can interrupt the whole class and prevents everyone from learning. On the flipside, bad behaviors in the home sabotages relationships with family members and can make home feel more like a prison.
- Your Teen is Taking Risks
Unfortunately teen’s brains undergo huge changes during the teenage years, making them much more prone to taking risks and acting in dangerous ways. This can be quite terrifying for parents, especially when coupled with peer pressure. Find a balance between making your teen aware of risks and lecturing them – because once you start down that path they’ll switch off and ignore you. Trust that everything you’ve taught them up until this point will stick somewhere in their mind and try to relax a little, unless their behavior is really concerning.
- Your Teen Argues and is Disrespectful
The truth is, teens only act in ways that they can get away with or at least think they can get away with. If your teen knows there will be serious, effective consequences for bad behavior then they are much less likely to act in that way. If your teen is arguing with you it means that they do not respect you and you have lost authority. Regaining authority and your teen’s respect can be challenging, but is one of the most important aspects of parenting.
- Your Teen Acts Entitled
Many teens feel they are entitled to things that they haven’t earned – this is often because they have grown up in a generation where kids for the most part are spoiled. If your teen is guilty of acting entitled it’s important that you start getting your teen to earn their privileges. The best way to do this is through employing a Home Contract, but you can also start getting your teen to work for their privileges by helping around the home. Entitlement is a very undesirable trait and it’s important that your teen understands that everything they have you have worked hard for.
This list of problem behaviors covers the most common problems that parents find themselves battling with. Bare in mind that most of your teen’s behavior can be modified by strong parenting, so you do not have to put up with these undesirable behaviors if you don’t want to – and no parent should!
What have you found helpful in transforming your teen’s behavior? Have you dealt with any of these problem behaviors in your teen?
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