As teens grow and seek independence, many teens and parents may struggle to get along with one another. This can lead to adolescent drug use, acting out and violence at home. Luckily, there are three ways to prevent this. These ways are better communication, more cooperation, and last but not least, showing affection.

Bettering your communication at home is an important key to improving parent-teen relationships. The main reason poor communication causes problems at home is because the teen and parent misunderstand each other.  One way to work on communication at home is by opening up to the person.  Instead of snapping back, try to express how you feel nicely. For instance, if a mother or father is giving a teen a hard time the wiser thing for them to do is to respectfully confront the issue. This is a guaranteed way to solve any problem at home.

Cooperation Needed For Strong Parent-Teen Relationships

Secondly, poor cooperation can cause a ton of problems. Most of the problems at home are caused by uncooperating. Most children can relate because many have been asked by their parents to do a chore or task more than once. Cooperation can be easy. Some think different, but there is always a solution. When asked to do something, the teen should make it their number one priority. Even if the task sounds silly, the parent is guaranteed to notice. This also helps prevent a lot of arguments at home, too.

A parent cooperating with their child is just as important as the child cooperating with their parents. If a parent agrees to something, they should stand by it. There are many situations where children don’t respect their parents because of the parent lying. Some instances when parents do not cooperate is when they don’t do something that the child has asked of them or they don’t follow through with a commitment. Teens should respect their parents either way, but things don’t always go as they should.

Affection Can Help Teen And Parent Build Bond

Lastly, the display of affection is just as important as cooperation and communication. Some teenagers feel unloved because of their parents’ actions. Parents should show their child love on a daily basis. Simply by telling the teen they love them or showing any type of affection in general.

However, there is such a thing as giving too much affection. Showing too much affection isn’t the best thing to do because that distorts the reality of life outside of the home. A teenager that is given too much affection at home might expect the same amount of affection from everyone else outside of the home.

There are two sides to every relationship. In this case, we have the teen’s side and the parent’s side. Just like the saying “it takes two to tango.” It takes both the parent and the child to communicate, cooperate and show affection to keep a healthy relationship at home. Without these three components, there is a possibility of chaos at home. Truthfully, nobody wants that.

Written By Inspirations Teen

David D.