― Thomas S. Monson, Pathways To Perfection: Discourses Of Thomas S. Monson
Teenagers are unpredictable and they follow their piers. They don’t always behave the way we expect them to. We often prejudge them just because they are teens. That can be a mistake in parenting.
Teenagers need guidance the same as younger children. Sometimes parents stop giving teens advice until they get into trouble. Then they overdo the correction and alienate the teenager. The teen may push away from parenting and go his or her own way.
We need to teach our children how to behave, how to resist temptation and what to do when temptations raises its ugly head. When a child knows how to deal with a problem, he can solve it. If he doesn’t know how to behave, then he or she sometimes goes astray.
Children in the teenage years usually have a cell phone. They should be encouraged to call home often and to call if they are facing a potential problem. If they are at a party and want to leave, they should be able to contact a parent and get out of there.
You and your teen should have mutual trust.
Teach your teenagers to say, NO.
Realize that teens can be treated cruelly by other teens. There are too many teenage suicides and it can be caused by harassment at school or church, etc. Parents and teachers need to be aware of what is going on. Homosexual teens are more prone to suicide than other teenagers. (http://www.teensuicide.us/)
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