Many parents tend to brush off the topic of marriage and relationships as something that can be discussed later with their teens. But, in actuality, teens are already entering into relationships and even committing to marriage with their partners. Parents need to realize that the sex talk isn’t enough; it’s time to have the relationship talk. And here are the reasons why:
You might have noticed that recently, you and your teen might be having strangely confrontational conversations. For example, you might be curious about how your teen is doing in school, and you want to show your teen that you are interested in his or her life. So you might ask a simple question such as how they are doing in their school project that you know they are working on. But instead of giving you an update of their school project, your teen belligerently asks why you are checking up on them and accuses you of not trusting them. Naturally, you would feel worried and hurt.
Curfews are one matter that has been a source of disagreement between parents and their children. Most especially for teens.
Adolescents nowadays are fast transitioning into nocturnal creatures. That is, as parents are ready to settle down for the day and get some much-needed rest from the day’s demands and activities, teenagers are getting ready for the actual social fun to begin. It has been an ongoing cause of worry for parents, as their adolescents seem to embrace hanging out, going to parties and events, dating–a majority of which take place in the night time.
If you turn on the television and watch the news, there is usually a news story about youth, such as risky behavior, vandalism, and violence. Many teenagers blatantly refuse to abide by the rules of their parents and society. Since time immemorial, there have been individuals who act criminally. However, with modern technology, you will see and hear about this criminal behavior more often. Nowadays, a teen who works violently usually becomes viral on social media.
It’s always a struggle for all parents to discipline their children. Now when you have teens instead of kids, the difficulty level just goes way up! Curfews help keep track of their day, so they’re home in time. But what do you do if they keep breaking it?
It is normal for a parent to want their child to have one or more friends. Parents usually do not mind if the friends of their child are not the most popular kids in school. Parents want their children to have several good friends in school. A problem arises if the child becomes friends with kids that the parents do not approve of. Parents would prefer that their child become friends who can be a good influence on their child.
One of the most common subjects of parent-child relationship strain is the curfew. Aside from the curfew laws imposed by different states, parents establish their own time and rules for curfews at home.
While many teenagers rebel at what they would usually call ‘unfair limitation,’ lots of parents still overlook the causes of such violation and disregard it plainly as they would think that their child is just on the ‘rebellious stage.’
A speaker on parenting, who is also a famous educator, has recently listed the most frequently asked questions that parents asked him throughout his career as an expert in his field. At the top of the list was what they should do if their child has bad friends. This concern was raised by parents at least twice as many times as the second most frequently asked question on his list.