Parents: It’s Our Job to Teach Them

Parents: It's Our Job to Teach Them

In the stage of transition for a teenager, these few critical years shape the attitude and skill set of the child for the rest of their lives. During this exciting and difficult time, they need their parents’ help and guidance to overcome the challenges they will face.


Preparing Kids with Love and Support

When parents show love to their teenagers, they instill self-confidence. Some practical ways to show love follow:

  • Actively listening and sharing. When a child feels comfortable talking openly with their parents, they receive merciful guidance for facing challenges.
  • Avoiding harsh rules. Teenagers will naturally rebel to constricting instruction.
  • Asking thought-provoking, open-ended questions provides a productive way for a parent to guide their child while allowing them to discover their own solutions. This will boost the child’s self-confidence and problem-solving skills.
  • Permitting them to make mistakes as long as their safety and future are not compromised. Empathetic conversations about these mistakes help the child understand that there are consequences to their actions and teach them to develop an alternative way to handle the situation.
  • Setting clear limits for teenagers while allowing them to make their own choices. They need to develop strong decision-making skills so that they can move into their future as successful and functioning adults.

Developing Basic Skills

When children learn how to talk cooperatively with their family at home, they are learning very basic people skills. Parents who model healthy and loving conversations will give their children tangible applications on how to effectively converse with others. Since many poverty-level families are single-parent households, these adults can model proper interactions with other adults in the community. These interactions teach children how to be in a harmonious partnership with their spouse, which gives them a higher likelihood of living a more financially stable life as an adult.

Young adults that possess basic knowledge on how to run a business are becoming a minority. When a child shows the ambition to obtain a summer job, operate a vegetable stand or volunteer at the community center, they are showing the initiative to hone their work ethic and other skills. Employers might be more impressed with these skills and experience than they are with good grades, so teenagers who take these steps have an upper hand when searching for employment.


Transitioning for the Developmentally Disabled

The transition into adulthood for children with developmental disabilities begins sooner because it takes longer. The child’s educational team will implement an Individual Educational Program, or IEP. During this program, teens will engage with curriculum involving basic academic courses, disability-specific skills training and mobility training. Each curriculum is based on the individual needs of each child, depending on their abilities and life goals. As part of this training, the child should consider pursuing some sort of work experience. The overall goal of this program enables each child with the skill set to live independently and to accomplish their goals after high school.

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