Moms worry about teens and most especially, their teen’s worries. However, they often feel like there is not much that they can do about it. This is where they are wrong. The following is a look at what moms can do about teenage worries:
First, they have to know what the worries are, and then they have to know the most effective ways to help a teenager deal with the worries that plague their teenager. Here are some of the top worries, and how a mom can help her teen deal with it.
Second, talk to your teen about their worries, so that you know which ones they have so you don’t forget about them.
Third, remember your teen is able to handle their own worries, but a little help from you can go a long way, and at the very least, can help your child feel the support that they have in their corner.
Worry One: Friends. Teens worry a lot about fitting in with peers. You can help them to deal with this worry by giving them opportunity to spend time with friends. You can help them be someone who is able to fit in with peers. However, you can also help them to develop the self-confidence that is required to attract friends, and to deal with the rejections that occasionally come along. Do this be reinforcing that they are of value, and that they are amazing.
Worry Two: After high school. Often, teens worry about what comes next. They are asked to make big decisions about their future, school, and college. This can be overwhelming to them. As a parent, help with this worry by encouraging them to follow their dreams, and be supportive of them. Encourage them to choose a path, but don’t push them in any one direction or another, as this pressure can add to their anxiety, and may lead to them resisting further schooling, etc. simply because they want to thwart their parent.
Worry Three: Dating. Hand in hand with the worry of dating comes the worry of sex. One of the best things you can do is educate your child, and help them know that you are open to talking to them. Lay down some ground rules, and know that your child will probably break some of them. Be sure that they respect themselves.
Teens have a number of other worries, from money to whether or not their parents approve of them. The best way to help a teen deal with their worries is to simply be open with them, and help them feel comfortable with being open with you. Often a teen just needs a sounding board for their worries. If they have someone they can talk to about those worries, and get them off their mind so that they can get back to being a teen.