They say teenagers are the worst to manage. In a way, they are. When they get to a certain age, and hormone levels start rising, they can’t help but have that attitude that anyone with teenagers are trying to deal with. So when it comes to trying to keep them on the right path, you might have a few issues. There are so many ways for it to go wrong. They can stop caring about education. Hang around with the wrong crowd, or generally just reject your guidance because they think they know better. In some ways, you have to let them make their own bad decisions. But there are some ways you need to be keeping them on the right path, we’ve outlined the main ones below!
The Wrong Crowd
It is so easy for your children to fall in with the wrong crowd when they’re at school. This is something you generally can’t stop. What they do in school is pretty much out of your control. If they fall in with the wrong crowd due to the pressure of needing to feel wanted within a group, there’s little you can do to manage it. But what you can do is try and keep them away from the things they might be doing to harm their future.
For example, the one thing all teenagers seem to be dabbling in lately, that could seriously leave you worrying, is drugs and drinking. This experimental phase could set them up for the wrong future before you know it. Did you know that each year, the number of teenagers checking into rehab clinics is growing?
We as adults know how easy it is to get carried away with things such as drinking, but when you’re a teenager, it is even easier. Experts such as Daniel Wong, for example, agree with this and suggest that you should practice the behaviour you wish to see in your teenager, as outlined in his article about dealing with a disrespectful teenager. Not only does this give them an example to follow, but it also stops you looking like a hypocritical.
Some of it is down to the social pressure that they might be feeling from their group of friends, but the rest will be down to curiosity of the unknown. It is important that you keep a close eye on what they’re doing outside of school, whilst not restricting their life. If you notice any suspicious behaviour, try and tackle it sensitively.
Unless you’re blessed with a child who genuinely has a love for education, then the teenage years of your child are most likely going to be a nightmare when it comes to education. They’re so focused on getting out of there as quick as possible, that they often don’t realise how important education actually is. With this one, you need to try and nurture their passion, and show them how education will get them where they want to be in life. They have one shot to get it right with high school, so if their passion can thrive, they should start turning things around a bit. It is a well known fact that most teenagers see school as a haven for socialisation. Whilst making friends and having fun is one side of it, getting the grades should be the biggest focus for them.