5. Don’t Overreact
Perhaps, this strategy should have been listed as #1. Overreacting is the quickest way to distance yourself from your teenager. Even when you’re alarmed by something they’ve said or done, take a few minutes to calm down before addressing the issue.
Hand in Hand Parenting says, “Often, and especially once our children get older, we are tempted to focus on all the things that are going wrong, not being done, or could be improved.” No matter what, try your best to remain reasonable and rational in every situation. Don’t focus on the negative and don’t overreact.