Ministry of Education, Guyana

Creating an environment within the home that is full of love and respect has its fair share of difficulties. Naturally, teenagers will attempt to push the boundaries and see how far they can push their parents. Using an authoritative parenting style, however, means that parents set boundaries that the teen is not to cross, but they also act in a warm and loving manner while enforcing these rules. This parenting style creates positive developmental results because it sets boundaries and opens up dialogue between family members.

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Many parents might think that "difficult" and "disrespectful" are just synonyms for "teenager." These attributes are so common to the teen years that parents may assume the bad behavior is a cross they have to bear until their teens grow out of it. This is not the case. While teenagers may become difficult during what can be a confusing transition to adulthood, surly behavior should not be the norm. Parents can address this behavior head on to make the teen years more pleasant for everyone.

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As a parent, you want to see your child act with compassion and show empathy to others. They may need a bit of a push and some guidance, though, to learn how to show others these qualities. Teaching compassion and empathy to children can start when children are very young. However, if you haven't discussed these ideas and values with your children until the teen years, it's not too late. While the sooner you start mentioning these qualities as a family value, the better; you can still give your teen the tools to be a compassionate and empathetic individual.

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