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Being a parent can be the most rewarding job in the world, but at times may feel like it's the most difficult. When your child becomes a teenager, it can be normal for them to begin to challenge you as a parent in different ways.
There may be days where you feel like you are able to communicate with your child, and on other days you may feel at a loss.
When your child was young you parented in a way where you had more say and control. As a teenager your child is developing into a young person. They may want to have more independence, freedom and choice. Their behaviour may be stressful, hurtful or surprising.
You may struggle with knowing if you are managing their behaviour correctly. Things may have got to the point where you have argued so much you don’t know where to go from here. Many parents find that after these difficult times are over, they have a loving and rewarding relationship with their now older child.
This information is designed to give you some information on coping with this time, and on positive steps to take in understanding your teenager as they develop.
If you suspect your teenager is experiencing personal issues, or facing problems, try talking to them about your concerns openly and honestly.
If you want further advice and support you can contact the services below:
Mental Health - speak to your Doctor to consider further options, for example, CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service)
Autistic Spectrum Conditions - The National Autistic Society can provide specialist advice & support if your teenager has a diagnosis of Autism or Asperger’s Syndrome.
Family lives - got a teenager?
NHS - coping with your teenager
Frank - information on drugs and alcohol
Relate - parenting teenagers
NSPCC - a practical guide to positive parenting