Challenges Teenagers Are Facing With Their Parents
I had an excellent opportunity to ask a group of teenagers about challenges they are personally facing with their parents. The teenagers were very opened to responding to the question. I do believe they were honest about their feelings. I hope the information contained within this article will assist everyone in understanding the challenges teenagers are facing with their parents. We need to understand the struggles teenagers are experiencing in life in order to assist the teenagers in their development. Listed below are their responses:
What challenges are you facing with your parents?
Mercy: The challenges I am facing with my parents are they don’t trust me anymore because of the wrong choices I have made and because of the friends I make. They don’t help me when I need help.
Tom: Some of the challenges I am facing with my parents are poor communication and they are not listening to what I have to say. They do not give me a chance to make a decision on what I want to do. Most of the time, I do what they want or tell me to do but I never really get a say.
Jacob: The challenges I’m facing is with my mom. She is always thinking that I am lying. Most of the times I take her things without permission but I can’t help myself. I try to ask but when I do she says no. I get mad and angry when she says no. When I ask my mother for something, she normally says no. I end up taking whatever she said no to. Then I say I asked and try to be nice.
Nathan: Some challenges I face with my parents is actual getting alone with one of them. We sometimes don’t see eye to eye. It gets hard when you are in the same household. That’s why I live with the parent I live with because I feel more comfortable and relaxed with. Another challenge that I face with my parents is being in self-control. We get out of control when a situation comes up. Instead of solving the problem calmly and respectable, we react with yelling and disrespect.
Phillip: The challenges I face with my parent are:
- They use up all the gas.
- They are gone all the time.
- I am not allowed to hang out with certain friends.
- We have issues about my messy room and asking for money.
- We are arguing about grades.
- I am always being locked in my room.
Faye: The challenges I am facing with my parents is that they don’t trust me. They never trust me know matter what it is. Another thing is they have trouble understanding me. They think they do and they do try. But they still fail to trust and understand me.
Mark: The challenges I am facing with my parents are:
- They don’t trust me
- Problems with my dad
- Issues over homework
- My parents over complaining
- Issues with my siblings
Cam: I have a close relationship with my parents. But if we ever have any problems, it is about going out with friends and that I am hanging around. Some of my friends my parents don’t particular like.
Emmanuel: I am at a very rebellious stage in my life. I want to be able to do what I won’t to do. I want them to stop trying to make my decision for me. This is a big challenge, but I am winning. As long as what I am doing does not affect how well I do in school nor put my life in danger, they should have no say in what I do.
Dexter: The challenges I am facing with my parents is them not believing in me when I get in trouble or tell the truth. Another issue is when we both disagree on something. Sometimes I can hear like a crying sound in her force but no tears.
Debbie: The challenges I am facing with my parents is that I am never really able to get along with my mom for longer than three hours. Because when I am talking to her she will say that she does not want to hear it even if it’s something that I am worried about. It’s not like I have a dad I can communicate with because he passed away in a car accident before I was one year old. When I and my mom actually do get along its fun but I know it won’t last for long.
Ray: Some challenges I am facing is communication at this time. They don’t always listen to what I have to say or give me a chance to make a decision on what I want to do. Most of the time, I just do what they want to do or tell me to do so I never really get a say.
Parents, I hope you have had an opportunity to reflect on the issues teenagers or facing with their parents. Maybe you are facing similar issues with your teenager and you are struggling how to deal with your situation. All of the issues they wrote about can be easily dealt with. As a parent and grandparent who have worked with teenagers for many years, the common mistakes parents make are listed below:
- Don’t have dinner frequently as a family. Eating dinner as a family helps with communication, listening and understanding what the teenager is facing.
- Don’t allow there teenager to rebuild trust as a result of the bad choices the teenager made in the past.
- Lack of awareness of their teenager need to make their own decision sometimes. They need to make decision even though sometimes they might fail. You must guide your teenager through this stage of development because eventually they might become parents. It’s okay to monitor their thinking’s process, and give them some guidance with a loving, caring and compassionate heart.
- Unaware of the issues the teenager is facing in school. Set aside time to get involved in the school and get to know your teenager’s teachers as well as the teenager’s friend.
- Didn’t take an opportunity to adequately explain to the teenager the reasons they can’t hang out with certain friends. It’s very important that the decision to limit who the teenager hangs out with is based on health and safety of the teenager. For example, a teenager was told that he couldn’t hang out with a friend because he was goofy. I asked him “What did your mother mean? He explained that his mother said “He was too messy.” This is not a realistic reason to request that the teenager don’t hang out with his friend.
- Didn’t communicate their feelings to the teenager with respect without yelling
- Over reacting when the teenager make wrong choices
Parents, please take the time to understand, listen, trust, avoid yelling, and become the greatest role model for your teenager. There are other role models in your teenager’s life but you must be the greatest. A strong relationship with your teenager will maximize your ability to influence the teenager in an awesome way. You will always experience some challenges with your teenager. However, when the teenager becomes an adult the life skills you taught the teenager will be absolutely valuable and beneficial.
Written by: Billy J. Strawter, Sr.
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