​Ready or not, it’s here… the teen years. For some parents, this can be scary, and why not? Statistics on teen drug use, pregnancy, bullying and even suicide are alarming, leaving a parent confused and frustrated.

Entering the teen years can be a trying time in the life of your teen. The adolescent teen will face new challenges, including peer pressure, finding their “fit” in the family as a teen, as well as biological, psychological, and social pressure.  

For Our Kids Parenting and Co-Parenting Services understand your concerns. Our teen parenting class will provide you with the knowledge, tools and skills needed to parent effectively. You will receive parenting tips on dealing with angry and troubled teens, teens dealing with stress and depression, as well as other issues facing our teens. We also provide excellent resources on parenting books and referrals, as well as lessons on how to co-parent, your teen when living separated from the other co-parent.

 Class Discussions:
  • How to promote teenagers "independence while using positive discipline techniques.
  • Understanding teenagers.
  • Entering the teen years.
  • Problem solving and honest communication.
  • Anger management.

Enjoying The Teen Years

How To Be A Good Parent To A Teenager
We have all heard horror stories from teenage years. Parenting with teenagers can be a challenge. Our role as parents is important to understand. There is a good mix of love, control, discipline and advice. But how do you know what you have to do when?
Many parents—who have raised their children through single parenting—say teenagers are the ones that are hard to deal with. This is because they tend to be rebellious and demand so much explanation compared to younger kids.

Experts agree that single parenting is much more complicated, as parents have to deal with their children with more issues, questions, and insecurities. 

To be successful in single parenting, it is a must that parents have explained well to the teenager the real reasons behind the separation, so they can gain self-confidence crucial for their growth. The best way to explain the separation is by treating them as mature individuals.

Experts say this is necessary for them, because they will feel they are old enough to understand the issues that old people go through. Since they have lots of issues, it would be better to take things slowly and explain the reasons one day at a time. 

Signs of Trouble
  • More "acting out" as an expression of anger (boys tend towards violence; girls turn anger inward -sexuality, eating disorders, depression.)
  • Anger and blame directed to the one perceived as the "offending" parent.
  • Protectiveness towards the "victim" parent and confusion over their own (child's) role. 
  • Anger or embarrassment over the social life of the parent.
  • Moralistic or judgmental thinking.
  • Withdrawal/isolation. 
  • Argumentative attitude.
  • Risk-taking behavior.
  • Escape into drugs/alcohol to dull pain. 
  • Increased risk for suicide.