Parenting a teenage boy is difficult. Raising a troubled teen, however, can seem to be almost impossible at times. In this article, we provide parents of a troubled teenage boy with tips on how to approach their child's behavioral issues.
Tip #1: Get to The Bottom of The Issue.
- - There is always an underlying issue for a teen’s misbehavior. The time of adolescence can be tumultuous for a teenage boy. New stresses such as, social acceptance, schoolwork, responsibilities at home, and peer pressure are all issues that may influence them to act out in negative behaviors. By addressing the underlying issue, parents can finally find solutions for their child’s self-destructed patterns.
Tip #2: Get Your Teenage Boy Involved
- - Adolescent boys who are involved in extracurricular activities are less likely to develop negative behavioral traits. By engaging in activities, the child can find an outlet for their energy, as well as positive distractions from negative behaviors.
Tip # 3: Involve Yourself
- - Teenagers often act out because they crave attention. For this reason, it is critical for parents to do a quick audit for themselves. Ask yourself questions like, “ Am I paying enough attention to my child?” or “Have I been too busy at work?” If a parent's lack of attention is to blame for their child's misbehavior, it is important to set aside some one-on-one time with their child.
Tip #4: Choose Your Battles
- It’s almost all too easy for a parent to overreact to an adolescent’s negative behavior and personal choices. However, it would behoove parents to show restraint during such times. If a parent always reprimands a child for every negative behavior they display, the child will more than likely tune the parent out and ignore any input the parent might have. For this reason, it is important for parents to opt out of intervening if the child’s behavior has no serious consequences.
Tip #5: If you Can’t Control The Situation, Control Yourself
- - For many parents, this tip may be the hardest to follow. It is often easy to lose control of emotions after a child displays negative behaviors. However, screaming and yelling at the teen is counterintuitive and will only escalate the issue. Do your best to stay calm and grounded when confronting your teen's misbehavior.