Your daughter’s grown up to become a teenager, and that transition is sometimes rough. The body changes for a girl as she becomes a young woman in ways that might feel strange or even scary to them. Parenting Teens is a tough job and one that has to be handled with care. However how you wish to raise your teen is your business, but if you would like some tips, we’ve got some.
Let Her Rebel A Bit
As a child, your daughter had little choice of her own. For years, she wore clothing you chose, had a curfew you decided on, could only stay out at a friend’s if you knew the parents, etc. Becoming a teen means your daughter needs to have some independence. She needs to be allowed to experience her life more and start becoming the woman she’s going to be. Just don’t let her get away with bad decisions—including hanging with the wrong kind of people.
Know When To Step In
Girls love to try new make-up ideas, shop, dye their hair, etc. As a teen, your daughter may finally get a job and buy whatever she wants. Though, if she’s looking to buy things you really object to, like tattoos, drugs, booze, etc…, you may want to step up and say no. You may also need to seek help for her if you find she’s hurting herself.
Have Family Dinners With Her Friends As Guests
Before forbidding your daughter from spending time with any friend, have that friend over for dinner. Your daughter likes them for a reason and if you simply try to demand she avoids them, she may start sneaking around behind your back. Besides it’s always a good idea to speak to their friends to get an idea of the kind of people your daughter is hanging out with.
You Still Need To Keep Track Of Them
She’s no kid anymore, but when she goes out for extended periods, she still needs to let you know she’s safe and not getting into trouble. Make sure you explain that she needs to call you every now and then. You can reward her good behaviour around this by offering a later curfew, extra sleep-overs, or other ways. You can discipline her if she fails to check in by taking her car privileges, blocking the internet, or any other similar form you feel is appropriate.
Talk To Her
More specifically, warn her. There are dangerous situations, substances, diseases, and people in the world and she needs to be informed on all of them as well as how to avoid what she can. Although it seems that our children are not listening to us many a times keep talking to them because believe it or not they are listening and when it comes time to make the right decisions they will heed your advice more times than not.
Parenting teens is a difficult task if it’s your first time. Don’t panic and things should be fine.