Is Your Troubled Teen Like Hurricane Sandy

Troubled Teen Like a StornThe recent terrible events of Hurricane Sandy have certainly rattled the northeastern part of the United States.  Our thoughts and prayers go to that part of the country.  Interestingly, the nature of the events may be reminiscent of your troubled teen.  Parenting difficult teenagers can seem as difficult as battling a raging hurricane, but the truth is that unlike tackling a natural disaster there are preventative steps you can take to keep your troubled teen from getting beyond control.

In parenting difficult teenagers, there are a number of steps you must take that will help keep a small tempest from becoming hurricane strength.  Unless that moment has already been reached, you will need to handle this by following a series of simple, yet powerful steps.

Be Consistent

The first step in taking on the difficulties inherent in parenting a troubled teen is being consistent in your approach.   Unlike your teen that is experiencing mood swings and challenging your authority, you must be the rock of consistency in order to lay a proper foundation.  Essentially, the more inconsistent you are in terms of how you treat your troubled teen, the more problematic it is going to be in parenting difficult teenagers.

Set the Rules

Be sure to set clear, unambiguous rules for your teen to help refrain from bad behavior.  Setting rules does not necessarily mean that your teen will follow, but setting rules communicates that you have certain expectations.  Parenting difficult teenagers often means setting clear, precise rules that she can understand and know the consequences.

Even handed Punishment

When punishing your troubled teen for negative actions, be firm, fair and even handed.  If you scold a little for one action, then ground on a different yet similar situation, your teen may become confused and might lash out feeling that she has been treated unfairly.

Be their Parent first, not their Friend

The old saying that you can “choose your friends, but not your family” certainly rings true.  Your job as a parent is to best prepare your child for the world that awaits them.  All too often, parents want to express their love and affection by giving in.  While this is certainly a noble gesture, it can be damaging.  If your troubled teen has done something wrong or out of line, punish them appropriately and stick to it.

Even if there is now appreciation for all the work that you have done, your primary job is to raise a child that is ready for our complicated modern world.  Parenting difficult teenagers is certainly no easy task, but unlike Hurricane Sandy whose effects could not be halted, you can make a huge difference in making sure your teen gets through these difficult times.

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