Role of Developmental Changes in Parenting Teenagers

Role of Developmental Changes in Parenting Teenagers

For parenting teenagers, it is of core importance for you as a parent to know the changes that occur in your teens. You, as a parent, come to know how your teenager thinks, feels and interacts with others, and also you get awareness how her body grows.

Awareness about the physical, social, emotional and psychological changes can be very helpful for you as a parent because you come to know that it is usual regarding teenagers.

Here are some changes that your teen goes through:

Emotional and social changes in teens

Your child, in this age group, might have more interest in romantic relationships. She may have less conflict with you. She needs more independence. Your teen may spend less time with you and more time with friends. Many social and emotional changes take place at this age in your child.  

Changes in thinking and learning

In teen age, there occur a lot of changes in your child’s thinking and learning. She learns defined work habits and shows more concern about future school and work plans. She is better able to give causes for her own choices, including about what is right or wrong.

Your child thinks that she is right in her thinking; so, to assist her in her decisions, she needs authoritative parenting style which believes in cause and effect approach, not in dictatorship approach as in authoritarian parenting style.

Positive parents talk frankly with teens     

There are some positive parenting tips for parenting teenagers. These are some things you can do to help your teen during this time as parent. It is superb idea to talk with your teen about her concerns and pay attention to any changes in her behavior. You are to seek experts’ help if necessary.

Some tips to handle developmental changes

As your teen is passing through different developmental changes of challenging teenage life, she needs support to adjust the changes in a smooth way.

Take interest in your teenager’s education

Being sensible and responsible parent, you should show interest in your teen’s school and extracurricular interests and activities. You are to encourage her to become an active participant of activities such as sports, music, theater, and art.

Involve your teen in social activities

You are to involve your child in social activities so that she could understand the society in which she dwells. You should encourage your teen to be a dedicated volunteer and become involved in civic activities in her community.

Appreciate your teen and celebrate her efforts and accomplishments with zeal and zest. Along with this, you should show your love for your teen. It is time when you need to spend time together doing things, you enjoy.

Respect your teen’s opinion

A sensible parent respects her teen’s opinion. So, you should listen to her to get awareness about her concerns. You ought to encourage your teen to develop solutions to problems or conflicts. It is your moral duty to help your teenager learn to make good decisions.

You are to develop opportunities for her to use her own judgment, and be available for advice and support. Have conversation with your teen and help her plan ahead for difficult situations. As parent, you should respect your teen’s need for privacy.

These things will help your teen’s proper physical, emotional, intellectual and hormonal growth.

Take care of her health and diet

As parent, it is your right to take care of your child’s health and diet. You should encourage your teen to get enough sleep and exercise. Make sure that she is taking healthy and balanced diet. Develop habit of having meals with the family because eating together will help your teen make better choices about the food, she eats.

You must know that a teen who eats meals with the family is more likely to have better grades and less likely to smoke, drink, or use drugs. Further, you will be happy to know that she will reduce or avoid fighting and won’t think about suicide or engage in erotic activity.

Child’s safety first

As responsible parent, you play an important role in keeping your child safe and don’t matter how old she is. It is your duty to help and protect your child. You should talk with your teen about the dangers of driving and how to be safe on the road.

You are the best mentor of your child and you can direct your teen in the right direction.

These parenting tips will help you to understand the developmental changes of your teenagers and help her leading a great life.

Great messages for parenting teenagers

  • If you find that the world is changing, you are to make it certain that your love and affection for her is not changing, rather it is increasing for your teenager.
  • You should keep an eye on your teenager’s activities minutely as it matters a lot. It can also help you in assisting your child in a better way if you feel any discrepancy in her behavior.
  • Being teenager’s parent, you should be firm as well as flexible as these qualities will give reason to your teenager to like you.
  • Parenting teenagers’ years are of great importance for you as parent because your child is coming of age which is transition period from childhood to adulthood.
  • It is beneficial for you if you believe and trust your teenager; especially, when you are guiding her how to make better choices.  

In a nutshell

To understand the developmental changes in your teenager can prove very effective for you as a parent and for the rest of your family. Your teenager’s happy and successful life is source of happiness, enjoyment and satisfaction for your whole family. Contrary to that, in case of any problem, your parenting life may suffer a lot.

So, focus on your parenting teenagers and enjoy a great life.

Wish you happy parenting.

By: Prof Ajmal Dass Jaipal

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