The challenge of parenting teenagers
Parenting a teenager can be an emotional rollercoaster - we can feel powerless and rejected, or at best pretty ineffective! But despite appearances, they still need us.
If your lovely open child suddenly transforms into a moody teenager, it can feel like all your parenting norms and skills are useless. Teenagers push boundaries, become secretive and uncommunicative and might even seem to reject you and all you stand for – but actually, in a world where so many different things are telling them who they are and what they should do, the one thing they really need is for their parents or carers to be their stable, safe place.