Lucky catch! You stumbled upon this article to help you in putting reigns to your teens after developing bad behaviors. Learning bad behaviors is normal for a developing teenager. But, it does not mean that you have to tolerate these bad behaviors. As their parent, you still have to make sure that your once angelic baby will grow up into a responsible adult. To help you stay sane in managing your troubled teen, here are some easy tricks that you can use:
Set Clear Rules
Teenagers usually push the boundaries of their parents. That’s why it is important to set clear rules among your teens. If you tell them to be home before midnight, they might have the tendency to push the boundaries by being home at 11:59. If you warn them not to drink at bars and clubs, they might just go to their friend’s house and get drunk there. Setting clear rules will establish understanding between you and your teen as to what are the rules to be followed and why they are being disciplined after breaking them.
Discipline doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to punish your teens. However, you still have to do something that will allow your teen to learn a lesson after breaking rules. You can use consequences depending on the gravity of the behavior. You have to make sure that these consequences would be fair for your teens. If your teen failed to do his/her homework, you can take away his/her privilege of hanging out with friends in the weekend.
Moreover, try to give appropriate consequences with bad behaviors. Let your teens know that they would receive these consequences if they break these specific rules. They are more likely to abide by the rules if they understand why they have to follow them and why they will receive such consequences if they fail to follow.
Be Firm and Consistent
Being firm and consistent is very important to teach your teens responsibility. If you set clear rules and established consequences when those rules are not being met, then you have to responsible in implementing them. Bad behaviors in teens will flourish if they know that you are very lenient in your rules. Your teens may think that following those rules is not really that important because you don’t give your full commitment on them — so why should they bother as well.
We all know that being parents is really a tough job especially if your teens are constantly developing bad behaviors. That is why it is important for you to be responsible in your own way and be a good role model for your teens. If your teens are surrounded and influenced with responsible individuals like their parents, then most likely they would eventually be responsible teens.