Your obedient, polite child has turned defiant and rude. Worried? Don’t be! These are teen issues. Here are tips to de-stress this period:
By Susan Philip
When your child hits teenage, you are likely to notice major personality changes. A normally sweet-tempered child may become self-willed and quarrelsome. A child who routinely responded to your instructions may start questioning even the smallest thing, and arguing about it. Your happy home will suddenly feel like a war zone. Don’t lose heart, you are not the only parents to go through this situation.
Teenage is turbulent for every child. He will be coping with a lot of physical changes, and trying to find his identity as a person as well. In the process, he will challenge your authority, try to push the limits you set, and refuse to be reasoned with. It is up to you, as parents, to steer your teens through the mood swings and tantrums so that they emerge as disciplined and responsible adults. Here are five ways to cope:
Respect, understanding and a willingness to take their feelings and opinions on board are valued by teenagers. When you introduce these qualities in your dealings with your children, you are automatically setting a template for them to follow into adulthood.
And on days when you feel that your lovable child has turned into a monster, hold on to this thought: “This too shall pass!”
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