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Your cute little child has now become a teen. That child who once believed you could fix everything and who needed you every second of every day is now gaining a level of independence and testing the waters. Your child has now entered the stage of life when he or she is embarrassed to be seen with you around friends, wants to make decisions with minimal input and Wants to have as much freedom as possible. With this sometimes comes rebellion. All teenagers will rebel to some extent. Some teens, however, take rebellion to the extremes. If you have found that your teenager has taken rebellion to levels that you never thought imaginable, it is critical for you to keep track of them by checking in regularly, monitoring their technology usage and implementing GPS solutions. Keep reading to learn more about how to handle a rebellious teenager.
Monitoring Technology Usage
Another way to keep track of your teen is to monitor his or her technology usage. Monitoring technology usage will make you aware of what activities your teen is doing on the Internet as well as on the phone. When you monitor activity closely, you can spot signs of problems and rectify things before they become serious. You will also know who your team is socializing with and can make determinations about whether or not these individuals are part of a decent crowd. There are many solutions on the market you can purchase that will enable you to monitor phone and computer usage.
Implement GPS Solutions
If your teenager is in the habit of lying about where he or she is going, you definitely want to implement a GPS tracking solution. When your teen starts to drive, attach a GPS tracker to the vehicle. If your teenager does not drive, then you need to have some sort of tracking installed on their cell phones.
Checking in Regularly
The thought of checking in with your rebellious teenager seems daunting. After all, everything you say is met with door slamming, eye rolling, shouting and other forms of disrespect. At this point, you feel like your teenager is from another planet. All attempts that you have tried to reach your teen so far have failed. The good news is that it is not impossible to check in and communicate with your teenager. To ensure that your communication is successful, it is advisable that you do the following:
-find common ground. When your teenager begins to see that both of you have things in common, he or she will view you as less than an adversary and more as an ally.
-keep yourself calm. When your teenager comes to you with something shocking, it is tempting to react strongly or become angry. Resist the temptation because having strong reactions will shut your teen out and make he or she feel reluctant to come to you the next time.
-listen carefully and do not judge. If your teenager is talking to you, do not interrupt with criticisms, sarcasm or judgemental comments. Really listen to what he or she is saying and give your full attention.
-show your teen you are there and that you care. You may find that when you ask your teenager to sit down with you for some hot chocolate or watch a movie together you are met was sarcasm or some kind of put down. Nevertheless, offer to be there for your teen and connect anyways. Contrary to what your teen may show you, he or she is still craving love and connection. Keep persevering, and the breakthrough will eventually happen.
Check in with your teenager at least three to five minutes a day. ask how his or her day is going. This is in addition to creating opportunities for Connection such as watching movies together, sitting down for a cup of hot chocolate Or engaging in some other fun activity that you both enjoy.
When you implement these three tips, keeping track of your rebellious teenager will be a breeze. You will have more peace of mind because you will know what he or she is doing at all times, and you will be able to better set boundaries which is important to helping your teenager transition into a well-adjusted adult.