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10 Tips for Teenage Parents — ARISE Life Skills
Parents are told to keep an open line of communication with their teenagers. But in a classic parenting conundrum, as soon as their adorable, chatty children hit adolescence, the kids clam up. It seems the last people on earth they want to talk to are Mom and Dad. The talking often turns into tussling—over friends, parties, and house rules. Many times, conversations feel more like negotiations, with parents cajoling their teenagers to wake up, go to sleep, finish their homework, or tackle their chores. But all is not lost.
If we shoot baskets on a public court, it has to be across town, out of his school district. When I drop him off at school, it must look like an old-time Chicago mob hit, where the car keeps rolling as the body gets dumped onto the street. Or 10 paces behind him. Somewhere along the way, I went from being a heroic Eliot Ness figure to being the other kind of Untouchable.
Adolescence is a transitional period from childhood into adulthood. It is a period of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social changes, that frequently result in confusion. In search of their identity and independence, teenagers often push their limits, confronting parents, teachers, and any other authority figure. However, teenagers are not all bad.