5 MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE WITH THEIR TEENAGERS

Do you feel out of touch and battle to engage with your teenager?


Don’t be directive, says Don Pinnock, a criminologist and trustee of the Chrysalis Academy who deals with 700 high-risk youth in the Western Cape. He says one of the biggest mistakes is to tell teens what to do ‘because I know better’ or ‘because I say so’. ‘Young people must be allowed to make their own mistakes and learn from them.’

HERE ARE THE BIG 5 MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE WITH TEENS:
  • Treating your teenager like a young child who can’t take responsibility. 
  • Forbidding or banning certain activities without giving them a rational explanation. 
  • Taking it personally when your teenager says you don’t understand and you don’t know anything! 
  • Not respecting their views. If your teenager feels really strongly about something, discuss it and respect their opinion even if you disagree with them. 
  • It might seem contradictory, but also don’t assume your teenager is perfect and give them free rein to do as they like.

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5 MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE WITH THEIR TEENAGERS 5 MISTAKES PARENTS MAKE WITH THEIR TEENAGERS Reviewed by Michelle Pienaar on February 05, 2018 Rating: 5

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