February 24, 2018

Responsible Teenagers

Does it seem to you that the idea of responsible teenagers is just a myth? Come on we remember what we were like as teens and well for me, responsible at times was not how I would describe it. But don’t let that discourage you because responsible teenagers are out there and can even be your own teens.

Here are some great tips for moving this idea from myth to reality in your house!

Responsible Teenagers

Responsible TeenagersIf you treat your teenagers like responsible adults, they will act like them. If you treat your teenagers like young children, don’t be surprised if they act out and have temper tantrums just like young children would.

As parents, you set the tone for the way your children behave. From the time they are young, they look up to you as role models to figure out the way they should act. If you are responsible and practice what you preach, your teenagers are more likely to be responsible as well. If you are a parent with a “do as I say, not as I do” attitude, your child will probably do as you do instead of as you verbally request.

As children become teenagers, we can only hope that they stay consistent to the values they were once taught. Therefore, remember to continue to act as their role models throughout the teen years. Do not try to be friends with your teens because they need you to consistently be there as responsible role models. Make sure you set a curfew for teenagers that is fair and appropriate to their ages and begin to slightly increase the time they are allowed to stay out every few months as a reward for respecting your rules. Read the full article.

Not only do parents have a lot of say in responsible teenagers developing, the teenagers themselves obviously have something to do with it. This video makes it abundantly clear how much and what the inside of irresponsibility looks like.

There is hope to know that parents are not at the whim of whatever comes our way in raising responsible teenagers. Don’t keep this information to yourself, share it below!

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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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  1. Very well said Julie. I have a teenager now and happy to say that she is a responsible daughter and sister to her younger brother. Thanks for sharing.
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  2. Thank you for this article. It is so important to discuss parenting issues related to teens with other parents. For comfort, frame of reference etc. I just published our new magazine Brain Teen for parents, which is an issue full of stories from parent to parent — no ads, no expert advice, no how tos.

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