Being a parent can of course be quite challenging.
Now, how about when your child or children reach their teen years? If you thought taking care of a baby was a full-time job, you may not have seen anything yet.
Though many prove nothing more than adventure and entertainment, others are a challenge. In fact, some teens may drive their parents to age in a rather fast manner.
Even though you may feel at times as if you are too involved in your teen’s life, can that ever be the case?
Short of smothering them 24/7, you want to take an active role in your teen’s years. Remember, these are some of the most formative years of their lives. As a result, good role models and sound decisions are crucial.
So, when you stop and look at things, are you not involved enough in your teen’s life?
Know Who Comes in and out of Their Lives
You can’t put a video monitor on your teen and watch those they come in contact with 24/7. As a result, it is imperative that you provide them with good pointers in life, hoping they use them each day.
One of the things you want to instill in your teen at an early age is making the right friends.
Sure, some friends will turn out to be one-and-done. Others, meantime, will be people your teen relies on to get them through bad times. They will also of course share in many good times.
In the event you have concerns about one or more people your teen takes up with, what are your options?
One possible thought is going online for background checks.
Even if some of your friends or your partner thinks this is a little too extreme, consider it anyhow.
Get the person’s full name, and then find an online service that allows you to do background checks. In doing such a check, you may find nothing at all.
On the flip side, you might find something that will give you and your teen pause to have that individual around.
Running a license plate search of someone might also seem extreme to some people.
That said what if you discover the young man your teen daughter is dating has many roadway accidents? Do you want her in a vehicle with him?
Knowing as many details as possible may be information overload, but it can be beneficial.
Being There Through the Good and Bad
It can be rather easy for a parent to be there when everything is running along in smooth order for their teen. The real test of being a good parent is when times get tough.
In those challenging times, do your best to know when to intervene and when to pull back some. It can be tough, but finding the right level of comfort you provide them with can make all the difference.
You also want to let them know that they should never feel afraid in coming to you to talk etc.
By letting them know you love them no matter what they do or say, communication will almost always be there.
So, do you feel as if you’re involved enough in your teen’s life?