4 Top Tips on Navigating Teens & Tweens Homeschooling online from Mother of 6
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Every child is different, even within the same family, and each may require a different parenting style or approach. That said, as a mother of six, I've picked up tips over the years that may help parents who are just starting to contend with a teenager of their own.
Here's my four best tips on how to navigate the teenage years and emerge with a responsible, independent adult child on the other side.
Learn Your Teenager's Temperament:
First, get to know your teenager's temperament. It may be different from when they were a child, but one of the easiest ways to figure this out is to think back to those magical preschool days!
My first son was always interested in figuring out how his toys worked. He would break them into pieces just to see if he could put them back together again. He later became a programmer and chess player. His temperament requires contemplation;
As I mentioned, each child has their own temperament, and getting to know yours can clue you in on how they best learn and communicate, which will show you how to talk to them and how to hear what they're saying.
Determine How Your Teen Responds to the World:
After you understand her temperament, determine how your child responds to the world. During the teen years, a child is going through a lot of transitions, both physically with hormones as well as emotionally.
They are experiencing the growing pains of first loves and learning how to fit in with peers in school, the pressures of school and getting good grades, and the reality of preparing to leave home to go off to college or start a career. It's a scary time of rapid growth as a child begins to develop their identity and autonomy.