Being a parent is tough. Now let’s think about teenager parenting. Yeah, that’s tough parenting multiplied by about a million give or take. There are a lot of challenges that you will have to face as a parent with a teenager in the house and sometimes, in many houses things just escalate to the level of a battle. So, to make life a little easier for you, here are some things about teenager parenting that you wish you knew but didn’t.
You will stop being perfect
When your child is little they see you as a superhero. As they become a teenager they start to notice your flaws and see you as the normal people you are. They will be quick to point out your mistakes and will all throw some scrutiny your way. Brace yourselves for this. The only way out, is through.
The “nothing is right anymore” phase
Yes, this one happens to all teenager parents. All you have to do is make a small comment or ask something as simple and mundane as “Did you brush your hair?” and there will be a dramatic eye roll, shrug and maybe even some attitude. Sometimes, there will be days when your teenager simply refuses to engage with you and gives you a cold shoulder. Be patient and calm. Give them time to come through and just let them know that you love them.
“You don’t get it”
Another classic issue that comes up with teenager parenting is that your child begins to think that you are – quite bluntly put – stupid. Yes, you can read that again. Social media and technology combined with all the white noise that is around has given them enough ammunition to actually believe that parents do not get it, whatever that it may be. What can you do about it? Nothing. Just let it pass.
Teenagers are not all bad, they can be great companions when they want to be, they will suddenly be super friendly and introduce you to new music. They will keep you updated on the latest celeb news and yes, they will still think you are stupid.