3 TIPS TO DATE YOUR TEENAGER
#teentips #teensolutions #dateyourteenager

We all know managing schedules of a teenager can be extremely difficult. From homework, activities, friends— let’s face it, if we don’t make time for it, it won’t happen. Is our time with our teen important enough to schedule and put it on the calendar? Now is your chance. Make an effort to schedule regular dates with your teenager.

ONE-ON-ONE

Ensure that it is actually a one-on-one date. No other siblings. No other parents, or friends.
Make them feel like a priority, and that you want to spend time with them and only them. Those few hours are about your relationship and growing together!

NO PHONES

When presenting this idea to your teen agree on some ground rules. You have fun, enjoy your time together, no judgments… and no phones. Discuss the reason to leave BOTH of your phones at home. Everyone deserves some undivided attention. Often times phones can be a distraction to the teen and the parent. “Cell phones make those far away feel close, and the ones close feel far away.”

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Do things that would get you and your teen out of your “normal activities”. Do anything—catch a matinee, go fishing, take them to go see a concert, go for a hike, take them on a practice driving session, or have them teach you a skill. It could be anything, just do something! Taking turns planning the date would be a great way to see a little into your teenagers world and what they enjoy doing!

Spending more time with your teen is surefire way to ensure to keep your relationship strong and have fun doing so!

3 TIPS TO DATE YOUR TEENAGER

#teentips #teensolutions #dateyourteenager

We all know managing schedules of a teenager can be extremely difficult. From homework, activities, friends— let’s face it, if we don’t make time for it, it won’t happen. Is our time with our teen important enough to schedule and put it on the calendar? Now is your chance. Make an effort to schedule regular dates with your teenager.

ONE-ON-ONE

Ensure that it is actually a one-on-one date. No other siblings. No other parents, or friends.
Make them feel like a priority, and that you want to spend time with them and only them. Those few hours are about your relationship and growing together!

NO PHONES

When presenting this idea to your teen agree on some ground rules. You have fun, enjoy your time together, no judgments… and no phones. Discuss the reason to leave BOTH of your phones at home. Everyone deserves some undivided attention. Often times phones can be a distraction to the teen and the parent. “Cell phones make those far away feel close, and the ones close feel far away.”

DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT

Do things that would get you and your teen out of your “normal activities”. Do anything—catch a matinee, go fishing, take them to go see a concert, go for a hike, take them on a practice driving session, or have them teach you a skill. It could be anything, just do something! Taking turns planning the date would be a great way to see a little into your teenagers world and what they enjoy doing!

Spending more time with your teen is surefire way to ensure to keep your relationship strong and have fun doing so!

#teentips #teensolutions #parentingteens

Often as parents, we are considered the “worst” or the “only parent” with certain rules that “none of their friends have to follow”. This is okay. Your job is to parent, and parenting children, especially teens can be hard.

When your children start to enter young adulthood they may start to push your parenting style and make you question what to do! The best answer is sticking to an authoritative style of parenting. Teens with parents who demonstrate this style tend to be self-disciplined and think for themselves.

Stay strong. Be kind. And parent on!

4 Types of Parenting
Authoritarian:
“Helicopter parent”

  • Strict discipline type with no negotiation.
  • Punishment is common
  • Communication is one way=parent to child
    • Rules are not explained

Permissive:
“The friend”

  • Indulgent parent. Letting children do what they way with limited guidance or direction.
  • Considered a friend than a parent
  • Limited rules and let children “figure” problem on their own

Uninvolved:
“Free range parenting”

  • Lots of freedom and parent is usually not around (emotionally or physically)
  • Limited communication
  • No expectations of children

Authoritative:
“The parent”

  • Nurturing, reasonable, with clear, high expectations
  • Disciplinary rules are clear and the reasons behind them are explained.
  • Communication is frequent and appropriate to the child’s level of understanding.

Source:
What Is My Parenting Style? Four Types of Parenting. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/parenting-style-four-types-of-parenting