Note from Daniel: This is a guest post by Alyssa Abel.
All parents want their teens to develop into sensible and responsible adults.
That’s obvious, right?
But while parents want their teens to complete their schoolwork and do their chores, it’s up to them what choices they make.
As teenagers, it’s time they make more of their own decisions, but you can still guide them down the right path.
In this article, we’ll discuss 6 ways to make your teenager more responsible.
Your teenager will never be perfect
First, it’s important to remember that your teenager will never be perfect.
Your teenager won’t always be the perfect example of a focused, kind and diligent person.
On occasion, they’ll choose to hang out with their friends instead of doing their homework. Or they might forget to follow through on their commitments.
But it’s a journey.
The teen years are a trying time. Your teen may look and act more like an adult than ever before, but they aren’t fully developed yet.
This means that their reasoning and decision-making skills are not entirely formed. As such, they won’t always make the choices that you think they should.
You don’t have to be a perfect parent either. You just need to do your best and improve your parenting skills.
Once you banish the idea of perfection, teaching accountability and responsibility becomes simpler.
Are you ready to dive in?
Let’s learn about the 6 approaches to turn your child into a responsible teen.
1. Develop clear expectations collaboratively
Through the course of our lives, we must meet certain expectations.
If you don’t fulfil your responsibilities in school, you won’t be able to get into the school or profession you want.
If you keep missing deadlines at work, you’ll soon find yourself without a job.
This idea applies to relationships and other aspects of life too.
That’s why it’s essential to ensure that your teenager understands what the expectations are.
What must they do? What specific behaviours should they avoid? What consequences will result if they behave irresponsibly?
Think about what you want from your child. He won’t get everything right the first time, so start small.