Why is it that some teenage boys seem to be so incredibly unmotivated? You know the typical stereotypes. Teenage boys are JUST self-centered, lazy creatures who only want to play video games, avoid homework, never clean their rooms and have questionable personal hygiene. You might think, wait a minute those aren’t stereotypes, those are facts! Well, […]
In this post I am going to talk about a number of topics. My goal is to give you some practical information that will help you relate to your son and help him more effectively.
The topics I will be covering include:
* Current concerns for teenage boys
* Parenting challenges
* The developmental tasks of adolescence
* Useful tips in helping your son find motivation
Parental concerns & teenage boy statistics
I came across a funny quote awhile ago that says: “Parenting teens is like trying to nail Jell-O to a tree.” There are so many challenges that you face as the parent of a teenager. Adolescence is an exciting time of growth, exploration and development, but it can also be a time of conflict, angst and relational difficulties. Last year I did an online parent survey to try and figure out the challenges that parents were facing. One of the major themes was anxiety and questions around how to deal with the worry we experience as parents, both for the present and the future.
* How do I understand what is just “normal” kid behavior?
* How can I effectively communicate with my son? He says that I am a nag.
* How do I help him manage his feelings, challenges and responsibilities?
* How can I learn long-term techniques to affect change for his future?
Even though we don’t want to admit it at times, there is a great deal of uncertainty in parenting and we struggle with many things. Are we giving them enough love, discipline, direction, boundaries, affirmation and tools for the future? And ultimately, are our kids going to turn out OK?