Children of the Evolution: Things To Help Your Child When They Become a Teenager
We work hard to ensure that our kids are all ready for the world. This means that we try to put the right things in place, such as making sure they are prepared financially, but no matter how much we try to set them up for a good life, it can be a big shock to the system when our little babies become teenagers. Any transition comes with a major challenge, but we’ve got to understand that, when children become teenagers, there’s a surge of hormones, they’re trying to find out who they are, and are trying to develop a different type of confidence. What can we do to cope with our teenagers undergoing this big change in their lives?
Help Them With Their Real Anxieties
It’s so easy for us to say that what they’re going through is nothing compared to real-world problems, but the fact is that these are all things that they’re experiencing for the first time in their lives. Something like braces can be a big cause of anxiety because they are concerned with how they look, and if there are problems that need to be fixed beyond removable retainers, such as having to fill teeth gaps with bands, we’ve got to talk and ensure that they understand how to cope with anxiety using the right tools.
Help Them to Forge Their Identity
What they will do at this age is going to influence the type of adults they become. Encouraging new things and ensuring they develop friendships and diversify their approach to life is so important because if they are a person that will retreat, they may feel comfortable with who they are, but it might not give them the opportunities they really deserve in life.
Be Prepared for Rejection
It’s important to be supportive, but as the cliche goes, whatever you will encourage they will just do the opposite. It’s about communicating, it’s very courageous for them to rebel against what you suggest because they are trying to become the person they want.
Boundaries are incredibly important and setting clear guidelines about what is and what is not acceptable is crucial. Teenagers will need clear guidelines, and this will show them that you care. You will need to find out who they are going out with and when they plan on returning, but the best thing to do is to set the example and you tell them exactly where you’re going and when you’ll be back. This will help to forge an equal bond between the two of you, rather than them being the person that has to listen to everything you say.
Spending Time Together and Apart
You can spend time doing a lot of things together that will make them have more fun, but it’s also important to remember that they will need their own space and may not want to tell you everything. You have to remember what it’s like to be a teenager at this point. They have a right to privacy, and the best thing we can do at this point is to empathise.