Being a parent can be one of the most exhilarating and satisfying things a person can achieve in life.
Now, what about the flip side to being a mom or dad?
No, you would never say that you wouldn’t take the bad with the good. As a parent, you know there will be times in life when you will have your hands full.
That said how do you deal with a teen or teens that have lost their way in life for one reason or another?
Can you get them back on track before it is too late?
Get Your Teenager Back on the Right Track
In trying to get your teen or teens back to a positive push forward, remember these pointers:
1. Knowing the problem – You will have a challenge ahead to help your kid get it together if you do not know the problem. With that in mind, sit them down and have a heart-to-heart discussion. Although it can be a little difficult at times, it is something that needs to take place.
2. Knowing who they hang out with – Although you’d prefer not to pick friends for your kid, you may have to put your foot down. For example, is there someone or even a few people that are bad influences on them? If so, how long do you let them keep those relationships before saying enough is enough? You may have to tell your son or daughter that they can no longer be friends with one or more people in their lives. Yes, they may try and sneak around in seeing them. That said you then have to be even more vigilant in making your thoughts on the matter clear.
3. Knowing where they are going – As their parent, you have a right to know where your teenager is at all times. With that in mind, would you consider monitoring them? If the answer is yes, you may opt for the Life 360 family locator app or something similar. Such an app allows you to track where your kid is. While some parents may think this is a bit excessive. That said wouldn’t you rather have the peace of mind of knowing what your teen is up to whenever and wherever they go?
4. Knowing what the future holds – Last, while you can’t predict the future for your kid, have more say in what may happen. With that being the case, remind your teen about all they could lose if they do not turn things around. The opportunity to get into a good college or university is a good starting point. Not doing well now in high school can derail plans for college down the road, a military career and much more. Yes, a little tough love now may seem hard and even out of character for you, but it can pay dividends now and down the road.
If it is in fact time to reel your teen in and make life less stressful for you as a mom, is it time to get started?