Published on February 5, 2014
Tips For Staying Sane While Parenting Teens
C. Lynn Williams, who is parenting coach, author and mother, talked to Lon Woodbury, host of the Struggling Teens radio program on L.A. Talk Radio, about the many obstacles parents face when raising teenagers. She provided lots of valuable pointers on staying sane while parenting teens.
C. Lynn Williams
C. Lynn Williams, is an author, wife and mother of four adult children. She holds a Masters in Business Administration, having attended Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to writing, she is an avid reader, health enthusiast, and educator.
Universal Tips to Parenting Effectively and Staying Sane While Parenting Teens
The hour-long interview on Internet radio covered a number of questions on the best strategies for staying sane while parenting teens.
Williams disclosed a lot of valuable idea that parents could make use of to raise adolescents, including the following suggestions:
*Mothers and fathers should take some time off for themselves, taking time for resting and working out in the gym or at home to stay healthy and balanced.
*Mothers and fathers ought to stick to their own declared intentions about consequences. When children are on the edge of their adult years, they require some structure and parents have to follow up on providing declared consequences for poor behavior to demonstrate consistency.
*Parents should remain parents and not try to become the child's best friend. While it is harmless to enjoy spending time with teens in some leisure activity, parents should refrain from crossing the line of acceptable and legal behavior, like, for example, drinking with their teen.
*Parents should set an example, rather than expect their children to follow different rules than they themselves do.
*Every parent should hang out with each child, spending time to get to know them and understand their likes and dislikes.
*Mothers and fathers should encourage the age-old tradition of sharing meals with their children. This remains one of the single most effective ways to have enjoyable chats in a relaxed atmosphere.
*Mothers and fathers must discover the love language of their children, and they must also try to relate to each gender accordingly. For example, girls commonly appreciate conversations while boys like to do things.
Williams also answered questions raised by the host about parenting tweens, children who are between ten and fourteen years; about when and how you can look for expert support if necessary; about how you can take care of children when they test your patience; and about how parents need to establish a support network of educators, next-door neighbors, and family members.
Her books on the theme of parenting effectively are remarkably popular and changing the way that we look at parenting, giving us much-needed answers on what to do and how to do it. Parenting is not easy and hearing words of wisdom from a seasoned parent is priceless wisdom.
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