Does this scenario feel familiar? Marisa is and-a-half years old. She has become moody and irritable, wants much more private time alone in her room, but spends it all socializing with friends on social media.
Even if you know that these behaviors stem from your teen's ADHDyou may feel frustrated, embarrassed, or disrespected when they happen. Parenting a teen with ADHD is challenging. It takes extra patience.
Let's face it - raising a child is difficult. Add to this fact all the characteristics of exceptionally bright young people that make this population unique. As they get older, they begin to move through adolescence, puberty, and teenage years.
Most therapists agree that teenagers can be among the most difficult clients we see in our practice. They often refuse to attend sessions, refuse to speak when they do attend, swear at parents and therapists, and storm out of the room when they hear things they don't like. Difficult teenagers often argue head-to-head with adults, saying things like, "I'm not going to give them any respect if they don't give me respect," and "It's my life. One particularly aggressive year-old girl once threw her wooden-soled sandal directly at my face hollering, "I'm glad I'm not one of your kids!
Parenting teenagers can be challenging and many parents find it hard to adapt to changes in their child's behaviour as they grow up. Here you'll find lots of practical advice on how to deal with common teen issues. If you have any questions, our counsellors are here to help.
For many parents, the truth is hard to admit: Adolescents begin to rely less and less upon the adults in their lives and more heavily on their peers. Starting to let go is difficult. A new study found that this is especially true in the immediate aftermath of a stressful event, like failing a test.
Tough love is a parenting approach that can help children see that although their parents love them, they aren't going to enable them. Tough love parenting sends a message that essentially says, "I know you don't like what I'm about to do, but I'm going to do it anyway because it's good for you and I love you. Tough love is often confused with authoritarian parenting.
I took a good look at my teenager, followed him around, interviewed him and other teenagers, did some research, and this is what I found. Recently, I attended a school program with other parents of teenagers. The conversation was mainly complaints about raising teenagers.
Our teens are embedded in a culture driven by competition and perfectionism, where success is defined by status, performance and appearance. These values are transmitted to our children nonverbally through our emotional state and through what we notice, are impressed with, and praise or discourage in them. When we are on the fast track, we lose ourselves and forget the values closest to our hearts.
Tantrums, defiance, moodiness, intense emotions, impulsive and reckless conduct. Sometimes it may be hard to believe, but no, your teenager is not an alien being from a distant planet. Your teen may be taller than you and seem mature in some respects, but often they are simply unable to think things through on an adult level. Hormones produced during the physical changes of adolescence can further complicate things.