There are many different mistakes that parents make when their children enter their teenage years. Parents tend to expect the worst because they are over-protective of their children, and they have to learn to trust them. Parents also may read too many parenting books without understanding that every teenager is different. A big mistake that parents make is that they get very stressed over small things such as their teenagers haircut or choice of clothing. Your teenager wants independence and you have to give them it.
- Parents expect the worst and instead they should focus on their children’s interest and always communicate with them.
- Don’t sweat the small stuff as that will just lead to unneeded stress for both your and your children.
- Don’t ignore the big stuff because those are things where you have to take over and get involved to protect your child.
“Use books to get perspective on confusing behavior — and then put the book down and trust that you’ve learned what you need to learn.”