Surviving The Teenage Years - A Good Start to the School Year
As parents, we typically operate reactively to our children’s school performance. At the
first hint of academic problems we begin our efforts to encourage our children to make
the necessary corrections. Too often, by the time that we realize that there’s a problem
(often after reviewing report cards or getting a call from the school) precious few months
Parent Engagement Network presents:
Thriving During the Teenage Years
Can Teens Be Trusted?
As concerns rise regarding teen substance abuse, Internet activity, text messaging, etc., many parents out of fear are “clamping down” and policing their own children. Many “experts” are recommending parents periodically search rooms, monitor cell phone use, text messaging, computer use, and Internet sites visited.
Pitfall: Abandoning your role as parent to become a friend
Some parents are too concerned about their child “liking” them. Children learn trust and
respect when you provide structure, guidance and accountability. If you are invested in
merely being their friend, you rob them of the opportunity to develop self esteem.