With more knowledge on your part and a better understanding on theirs, you can discuss potential problems before they occur.
Below, we'll look at statistics involving teens and ways in which you, as a parent, can help to combat these potential issues.
Here are some guidelines for single parents to make the most of your family life and situation.
They might seem general at first glance and it will be up to you to find practical ways to put them into practice in and for your family. Tip # 8: TRY AND SEE THIS FROM DIFFERENT ANGLES AND FROM YOUR CHILD’S PERSPECTIVE AS WELL Tip # 9: REESTABLISH LASTING CONNECTIONS, BONDS AND TIES THAT DEFINES WHO THIS FAMILY IS AND WHAT THIS FAMILY WANTS, SET PRIORITIES AND HAVE A PLAN Tip # 10: Encourage confidence and have some fun, rebuild and strengthen one-step at a time, laugh together, empower and engage your family Tip # 11: Sometimes follow your kids’ lead, let them take on roles and responsibilities and share the load Tip # 12: Take charge when necessary and discipline accordingly, consistently and fairly Tip # 13: Learn to love what you hate and try new things together, set boundaries and guidelines that make sense to all of you Tip # 14: Accept that emotions, roles and people change and that strong feelings, even disagreements are part of life (their and yours) Tip # 15: Sometimes rethink and revisit what you are doing as a single parent – rethink the way you are disciplining, cool off, use good judgment Tip # 16: Always tell the truth! Tip # 17: Respecting each others being, preferences, sharing and socializing with others are all important lessons to learn in the family and at home to prepare better for life Tip # 18: Recharge your own energies and load your batteries, take time and space for yourself to better help and support others Tip # 19: Make the most of every opportunity to show your family that you love, care, support and champion their best interests Tip # 20: BE YOURSELF! You do not have to be a super-single parent, hero, warrior or champion… The loving parent that your kids want and deserve to have! Being and becoming a new family is an exciting journey, even if it starts out a little rough…
While neither one of you may feel totally comfortable talking about dating, sex, temptation, or feelings, it is important that your teen understands your perspective.
It's important to be there for them while keeping a watchful eye on their activities.
But, in the end, you will eventually have to trust them and their decision-making.
Be the Greeting Party On certain occasions, you've seen cars pull up. You'll get to know and understand who your child is heading out with, as well.
Don't Allow Your Son or Daughter to Date Older People According to the Better Homes and Gardens New Teen Book, teenage girls tend to have their first sexual experience with partners who are three or more years older than them.