Five Ways You May Be Pushing Your Teenager Away by Ella Woodward

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Five Ways You May Be Pushing Your Teenager Away
by Ella Woodward offers sound advice for any parent. Parenting a teen can be tricky and no one is perfect, but this will help you focus on the things that can get in the way.


  • Finding the right parenting technique that works for you and your child will encourage them to be respectful and maintain a healthy relationship with yourself and others. This is all well and good, but when puberty hits, things can become very difficult for everyone in your household. Once you are a parent of a teenager, you will need to adapt your methods and find a way to keep that relationship strong. As your teenager starts to become more independent, you need to make sure you keep them safe, without pushing them away.

Treating Them Like a Child

  • All a teenager wants is to feel grown-up, and they will tend to prioritize areas and people who make them feel like that the most. The more you respect your teen and make them feel mature, the happier they will feel at home. They will still have their childish moments and mood swings as their hormones settle, but it is your job as a parent to encourage their inner adult to come out.

Smothering Them

  • Smothering your teen or making them feel that way will push them away, but you need to make sure you know what they are up to. Finding a way to ask questions and lay down rules without making them feel smothered is a skill that you will improve over time. You just need to keep in mind that if you are making your teenager feel smothered with affection, then they will want to flee.

Giving Them Too Much Freedom

  • You may think that giving your teenager freedom will keep the peace and make them respect you, but this is not a good way to maintain a healthy relationship with your teen. Too much freedom too soon can lead to them ending up in social scenes that they are not prepared for and peer pressure that they don’t know how to handle. This could lead to a rebellious teenager and can even put their life at risk.

Not Listening

  • Being a teenager is a confusing and difficult process for some. They will have a lot of thoughts, questions, concerns, and opinions circling their minds, so you should do your best to make time for them and listen to their thoughts and interests. If you don’t, they will end up looking for someone who will or they will keep it to themselves, which can lead to a lot of problems for them in the future.

Making Their Home Environment Unpleasant

  • Home should be a safe, secure, and happy place for the entire household. When you are stressed all the time and emit negative energy, it will affect your teenager, as they have no other choice but to live with it. If you feel like you are creating an unpleasant home environment because of your teen’s behavior, then you should use these tips for managing teens. Following these tips can help you deal with this challenging situation and improve the home environment for the entire household. There is no such thing as the perfect parent and looking after a teenager isn’t always easy. Every child is different, so the advice that exists may not work for everyone, but there will be things out there that will work for you.
Ella Woodward

Ella Woodward

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