As a parent, do you get worried about helping your teen to be independent? The following tips will guide you to teach the teen independence while keeping them safe:
Let them know you love them and will support them
Aside from telling your teens that you love them, there are ways to show it to them. Examples of this can be
Their needs should be respected
Even though your teens aren’t adults yet, this does not mean they should not be respected. You can respect their needs by granting them freedom of speech, by asking for their perception of crucial family matters and by listening to their opinions on matters generally.
Giving privacy (but setting boundaries)
At a certain stage of your teens’ lives, they will begin to feel the need to have their own space. This is natural, however, appropriate precautions should be taken. At this stage, it will be important to set certain rules, which serves as boundaries for your teens while they enjoy their privacy.
Examples of such rules can be permitting your teens to drive when they obtain their driver’s license. However, stating that things such as speaking on the phone, texting or driving under the influence of alcohol are unacceptable.
Know that they are no longer children
As a parent, it is important for you to realize that your teens are no longer children. It is also necessary to give them orientation that helps them realize the world does not see them as children. They should be taught how to start behaving like mature adults.