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The parent/teenager relationship is one of the most important relationships a teenager will have in the emotionally charged teenage time of their lives; however, oftentimes the opposite occurs, with the teenager pushing the parent away. This can, in turn, trigger parents into either getting overly involved in their teenager’s lives or giving their teenagers the freedom to be independent and the space between them grows vaster.
Parents should try to remember what it was like for them as a teenager, constantly feeling undervalued, overwhelmed, and misunderstood. Especially, when teens feel they are being micromanaged or controlled, they tend to become rebellious and/or try to outsmart their parents. As a result of such rebellious behavior, parents will intervene and take control of the situation by setting boundaries for the teen, thus creating further tension.
Below are a few examples of ways to boost communication between teenagers and their parents in a positive, healthy way.
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist’s Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults By: Frances E. Jensen, Amy Ellis Nutt. How to Talk So Teens Will Listen and Listen So Teens Will Talk By: Adele Faber, Elaine Mazlish