Parenting Teenagers - Help with Raising Teens

Parenting Teenagers ...

...can be the most challenging, but ultimately rewarding aspect of your journey through parenthood as you guide your child to become a mature adult. In this section of our parenting message boards, I invite you to post your questions, struggles, concerns and triumphs with your child, so your questions will get answered and so you can share your story with other caring parents. Please note: if you want your question answered by Laura Ramirez, the author of this site, then you need to make a donation to support this site. Otherwise, your concerns and questions will be answered by our visitors and members. If you need personalized help over the phone, Laura is also available as a parenting coach.

Although teens may seem difficult, especially to time-pressured parents, remember that at least some of their behavior arises out of circumstances they cannot control. For instance, did you know that during adolescence, the brain reconstructs itself, pruning little used neural pathways while building others. No wonder our teens act erractically. No wonder a child who had good judgment may turn into a teen who struggles with making simple decisions or can't summon the motivation to do his homework, but spends hours playing video games.

And then of course, there's the surge of hormones. Did you know that at certain points during his development, a male teen has 1000x more testoterone surging through his body than he did as a child? How does he learn to cope with this? We can ask ourselves the same questions when wondering how our daughters deal with the ups and downs of estrogen and progesterone. These are issues we must be aware of when parenting teenagers and dealing with emotional outbursts, aggression and erratic behavior.

Although parenting adolescents requires helping kids cope with their changing bodies, this is only the tip of the iceberg (there are emotional, mental and spiritual issues as well.)

That said, we cannot cannot allow development to be an excuse for poor behavior because if we do, we fail our teens at a critical juncture in their lives. If your teen seems to be unusually defiant, do something about it now. Look into Total Transformation, a behavioral program that was adapted for home use by a therapist who has used the time-tested principles in the book and dvds to help countless teens turn their lives around.



Please feel free to post your questions, concerns and stories about parenting teenagers by using the form below.

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