Learn to connect and understand you kids with research based positive parenting tips.

Parenting is an important job. As parents you guide, love and protect your children. I am here to give you some of the best tips for positive parenting. But first, some food for thought, what do you really know about their specific development? For example, are you in tune with their social/emotional changes at their specific ages? Similarly, their specific thinking and learning strategies? Its a lot of information, I get it. However, you can empower yourself with knowledge! Positive parenting begins with education and meeting your child where they are developmentally.

The Facts

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Breaksdown developmental Milestones here: https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/childdevelopment/positiveparenting/index.html According to the CDC, young teens have a lot going on to say the least. Okay, we were all teens once, right? Therefore we know that social pressures combined with hormone changes is a seriously overwhelming concoction! Commonly, it involves increased concerns about body image, looks and clothing. Most importantly, feelings of Sadness or depression can leave your child struggling. As a result, it can be a contributing factor of poor grades, experimenting with alcohol or drugs and other problems. Young teens tend to experience moodiness and be more influenced by peer groups. As a result, many teens express less affection toward parents. They can seem rude or distant.

Positive Parenting Tips

I want to give you some helpful news. Research shows teenagers have more ability for complex thoughts and an ability to express feelings through talking. So lets connect with them! Positive Parenting tips have been developed specifically with our young Teens developmental ages in mind.

1. Be honest and direct when discussing topics such as drugs and sex. 2. Always check in to ensure they are understanding the information correctly. 3. Meet your teens friends and show an interest in them. 4. Help your teen make good choices while inspiring them to make their own decisions. Teach them words like integrity, morals and values. Help them to define their own. 5. Always show respect of their thoughts and feelings by listening. Validate what they are saying to ensure they feel heard. 5. In conflict, be clear about your goals and expectations. However, allow your teens input on how to reach these goals.

These small strategies will help you as a parent to connect and understand your teen. However, many of today’s youth require more individualized planning and strategies. If you are struggling as a parent please call Therapy SRQ at 941-202-3432.

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