Tips For Raising A Healthy Teenager

For most parents, the time when their child becomes a teenager can be a bit overwhelming and frightening. You go from having to deal with basic problems around the house like not getting hurt or spilled juice to all of a sudden having to address the dangers of the world and developing personal responsibility.

Because so many parents are busy at work, it can be tough to have to stop everything you are doing to explain things to your teen. However, without the right guidance to ensure your child is getting the support they need, this can lead them down a very dark path where they end up becoming the “troubled teenager”. If you want to ensure that your child starts their young adult life on the right foot, here are two things to consider:

  1. Communication Skills

Very often when a parent is too busy to talk to their child in a calm and centered way, they can be very short or snap when things get heated. Unfortunately, this teaches your teenager the wrong lesson. Most teens have already developed a short attention span and when they see their parents speaking to them in a way that demonstrates lack of patience, this will encourage them to behave in the same way.

It’s important that you set aside some time each day to talk to your child about things going on in their life in a focused manner so that they learn healthy communication skills. And if you truly do not have the time to speak with them in this way, consider working with a teen therapist or counselor who can talk to your child about the things going on in their life on a weekly basis.

  1. Overcoming Adversity

When your child reaches that age where they begin to put themselves out there and try certain things such as sports or academics, chances are they will be faced with many obstacles that might detour them. This is the first time in their life where they are passionate at trying something difficult and it is going to be important that they learn how to build courage and confidence so that they can overcome adversity.

If your teen comes up against a wall or if they fall down from making a mistake, it is going to be very important that you spend some time with them to help them talk through their feelings so that they can work through any fears or anxieties they have. It is at this time of their life that will set the tone for their adulthood and will help them develop the habit to push through difficult moments so that they don’t give up.

If you and your teenager have this situation, try reading them some motivational quotes like these:

Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. — George Addair

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. —Ralph Waldo Emerson

Your true success in life begins only when you make the commitment to become excellent at what you do. — Brian Tracy

The best way to gain self-confidence is to do what you are afraid to do. – Swati Sharma

It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs. – Jillian Michaels

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