Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Wellbeing, and Peak Human Performance.
Parents often think that their teen’s disturbed and outrageous behavior is a reflection of their parenting methods. They feel as if they failed as parents and that they are responsible for how their child turned out.
In actuality, parents have little to do with the way their teenager is acting. It’s simply natural for teenagers to go through phases of extreme mood swings. So instead of blaming yourself or your child for the circumstances, focus on helping your teen through this phase.
Believe it or not but parents have an immense influence on their children. Even though your child is usually mad or annoyed by you, the reality is that your child still yearns for your love, attention, support and approval. Now in order to help your teen, you need to find an adequate way to connect with them. Find a suitable time to chat to them and let them know that you are there to listen and help. You need to talk to them when they aren’t in a huffy mood.
For instance, you can try having a little conversation with them during meal times. Don’t be discouraged if your child chooses not to talk or simply responds with singular words. Eventually there will come a time when they’ll want to talk and all you need to do at that moment is to be there for them!
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