It is important that if you are a parent trying to raise a teenager that you have an approach that will bring the two of you together, not create isolation and separation. There are too many parents that think by consistently punishing their children that eventually they will get the message and start respecting them, but punishment alone will not get you to where you want to be with your teenager.
Many parents find it difficult to incorporate other methods besides just punishment into how they raise their child. If you are the type of parent to not take the time to sit down with your child and just talk, then you might want to consider doing so more often. It is more important than you might think to ask your teen questions about how he or she is doing in terms of self-image and whether or not they are really happy, because often times they will not offer this information on their own.
Although to them it will most likely seem like an unwelcome intrusion into their privacy, it is something important that you must do. It is also important however to give your child their own space so they will not feel completely suffocated. At first it might be hard for you to reach a happy medium between getting involved with your child and being intrusive, but with a little practice, you will eventually get there.
When a teenager misbehaves, it is often a cry for attention. Although this is not always the case, teenagers often do certain things because parents are not devoting enough time and energy to their children as they should. More and more parents are kicking back and watching TV, ignoring their children’s behavior and indulging in their own problems with work and other things. It is critical that you take the time that is needed to create a solid bridge of communication between you and your teen so that you can come up with ways to solve problems and make like better for the both of you.