If you don't remember your teenage years, us parents know one thing, they can get really moody from time to time. Its normal since they are going through some very important changes that will sculpt who they are as adults. They are sometimes very difficult to deal with, even the very well behaved teenager will experience mood swings and this will most likely create frictions between you. If this is happening to you right now or if you are anticipating the worse in the upcoming years, keep reading for some useful insights as to how to handle those situations like a boss.
One great advise that one should follow when raising a teenager is that you should choose your battles wisely. Hormones are jolting through their body and their brains chemical composition is changing drastically so it is normal for them to react intensively for sometimes what seems to you as a small problem. When that happens, what you have to keep in mind when dealing with them is: Do not overreact! Don't play their game at all cost and try to stay calm, this way you won't be putting gasoline on the fire. They are probably just as upset and confused as you are by their actions, even if they will not admit it to you. At times, you will have to react but make sure it is absolutely necessary, this way, you will save both of you a lot of unnecessary stress. Try to remember your teenage years and how hard it was before you take a decision on what actions to take. Keeping this in mind will ensure you keep a healthy relationship with your teen.
Another great advise would be to try to get to know their friends as well as you can. Your teenager is most certainly vulnerable to peer pressure to some extent because of the urge to fit in with the other ones. Try to find the ones that could be potential bad influences for your teen and try to explain calmly how some of his/her friends are not helping them progress in a correct way in life. Times have changed greatly since you were a teen and nowadays bad influences can come from the social media as well. Kids and teenagers are all hooked on getting more Instagram followers and Facebook likes which in turn could make them want to do some stupid stuff to gain attention from people. If you notice that your teen is doing some not very smart stuff that could potentially ruin their career of reputations in the future try to find moments to lead your teen to understand why their actions might not be appropriate and might hinder their future for no real good reasons. If you try to impose anything too much, you will only push your teen in the wrong direction so be careful and try to make them think they took that decision themselves.
Something else to consider is to maintain a positive attitude and environment at home. The more that you smile, laugh and work to make your home feel cozy, the better your teen attitude will be. While this will not guarantee it, it most certainly will greatly help. Also, even though your teen may act as though they don't need any love or attention, they really do.