There is no question that the teenage years are both confusing and exciting for not only the teenager but the parents as well. The teen years is when they develop their own style and they discover what they like and don’t like. It is also a time where they experience rapid physical development and hormones take over and these hormones can have a lot to do with how a teen acts, feels, or thinks.
It is a crucial time to focus on you, as a parent, can build their core value system. You can achieve this by talking about important family values. You may think that your teen could care less about what you have to say but they really do care even though they don’t always show it.
The most important way to help develop a strong value system in your teen is to model the behavior you desire for them. Be careful how you interact with other people because whether you know it or not, your teen is watching. Watch how you talk about others as well. If you are constantly on the phone with your sister or your best friend and you are talking negatively about others, your teenager will start to think that this is how to be more superior.
Volunteering is a great way to instill good values in your teen. If you and your teen are walking in the parking lot into the grocery store and you see an elderly lady having problems putting her groceries in the car, offer to assist her. You can also volunteer by donating your time to a charity that you or your teen holds near and dear to your heart. Take a Saturday afternoon and volunteer to help feed the homeless at your local soup kitchen.