The teenage years are said to be the most difficult time for parenting. It is during these years that children become more assertive of their independence and less responsive to parental authority. While having a sense of autonomy is normal for teenagers, it is often this feeling that gets a lot of teens in trouble.
Although adolescence is a time for parents to help our children become less dependent on us, it is also a time for us to be more attentive and watchful. I read a post entitled “Parents Be Aware: Dangerous Teen Trends” and it reminded me how risky and illogical teenagers can be. Parenting teens can be tough because teens mostly just want to fit in (remember how that felt) and do not want to hear the logical advice you have for them.
We must understand that the primary goal of the teen years is to achieve independence, however we should forget that it is during these years that children need proper guidance from parents. We need to make sure that the way we deal with our kids during these difficult years will keep them from (not push them into) doing unsafe and inappropriate things.