Family Development - A Caregiver's Guide

Positive Parenting Tips that Promote Good Behavior during the Teen Years

  • It is important that parents are aware of and sensitive to all of the developmental changes that are taking place.
  • Parents should monitor the actions and behaviors of their teenager.
  • It is key that parents are aware/supportive of their teenager’s need to be independent and allow the teen to make small decisions.
  • Parents need to be consistent with consequences that they set for their teenager.
  • Parents should ensure their teenager gets physicals and visits the dentist to prevent any health problems.
  • Parents should also be aware of the risk-taking behavior that teenagers might engage in and make sure that they have open communication with them about the dangers of risky behavior.
  • Teens will get upset and yell—it is important that parents don’t take it personally.