The Teenager will be the greatest challenge of all. Teens are independent searching for identity,experimenting with life in all aspects. The discipline and guidance develop in all the earlier stages of childhood are extremely important during this stage of the child’s development
All parents run in to the same stages in a teens development. Indifference,rebellion,acting out,extremely emotional are all a part of teen development but take heart they will not last forever. Be firm but fair, help them through the tough times and praise them for the good times.
During this time in your teens life peer pressure is at an all time high. Try to guide them into healthy relationships and discourage destructive ones. Clothing choices, hair styles, language are all symptoms of the teen trying to fit in with their school chums. They will change their choices with changes in their friendships.
Pick you battles carefully. You cannot win every time but if you choose the most important battles you can win most of them. Remember your teen is not using good common sense or logic at this point in life only “feelings”.