Many parents dread the teen years since there are a lot of kids who tend to get in trouble during this time. It can be a time of hormones, rebellion, and often a lot of clashing between parents and their children.
This doesn’t have to be a bad period of time for you and your teen, however. It’s entirely possible to go through the teen years and enjoy them. Not every teenager is rebellious and intent on getting into trouble with the law. Sometimes it’s just a matter of knowing how to keep them out of trouble. Here are some of the most effective ways.
Spend Time Together As a Family
Studies show that spending time together with your entire family regularly makes children feel more stable and good about themselves.
A study conducted by Brown University sociologist Gregory Elliott concluded that “adolescents who believe they matter to their families are less likely to threaten or engage in violence against family members.”
Giving your child the reassurance of love and attention won’t just make them happier, it will actually give them a better quality of life.
Ideas for spending time together as a family can be anything from eating dinner together to playing games to simply talking about your day.
Stay Involved With Their Schoolwork
When teens feel supported with their schoolwork and studies they will be much less likely to rebel or get distracted by things other than their studies. Making sure that they’re staying on top of their homework will ensure that they stay on the right path.
Try to take time every night to ask how their work is going and ask if there is anything that they’d like help with. You may even find that you learn something new yourself.
Communicate With Other Parents
When your teen tells you that they’re going out somewhere or staying at a friends house, you should always talk with the other parents to make sure that everyone is on the same page.
Kids at this age can tend to start experimenting with stretching the truth and saying they’re at a friends house when they’re not, so the best way to keep them out of trouble is to simply communicate with the other parents so that everyone stays safe.
Rather than making your teen feel like they’re a criminal if they get into any trouble, it’s important to encourage total honesty. Let them know that they can come to you if they’ve found themselves in a difficult situation. They should be able to call you at any hour of the night and depend on you even if they’ve broken the rules.