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Often the misunderstandings between parents and teens may not be because of major changes occurring in their lives; but are simply the result of a poor relationship that has developed between parent and child due to lack of communication.
A positive, creative expression reflects an obvious concern for someone or something.

Operating within the teen’s context, a positive, creative expression focuses on a successful relationship and meaningful communication between parents and their teenager. The most vital thing parents should know is how to positively address their teen. A relationship governed by uplifting, creative expression boosts the openness between parents and their teens. Every teenager likes to be appreciated and to be guided with patience whenever they commit a wrong. A teenager’s path progresses through many changes.  Those changes may include physical, emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. However, these changes are not consistent in all teenagers. The underlying changes in some teenagers may be alarming, with engagement in risk practices such as sex, dropping out from school, drug abuse, shoplifting and other criminal acts. A teen whose behavior becomes alarming is labeled as the “troubled teen.” This condition may pose a huge challenge for the parents, as they question how to bring their troubled teen back to a safe and successful path.

Many parents not only treat their teen with disrespect, but are entirely unable to understand their teen’s developmental stages. Often the misunderstandings between parents and teens may not be because of major changes occurring in their lives; but are simply the result of a poor relationship that has developed between parent and child due to lack of communication. Therefore, parents should focus on creating a positive, creative expression for their troubled teens. To begin to create a positive expression, parents should educate themselves about the teenage development cycle and accept their role in this development.

The participation by the parent in a teens’ life can help create a friendlier environment that can engender an atmosphere of openness. During this learning process, the parents should reflect their appreciation for their teen.  Feelings of being appreciated may be the very thing that leads to the teen’s ability to access and express the underlying causes for their problems – the first step before any action can be taken. A mistreated or misunderstood teen will never be open to parents; and their problems may go unsolved.

Additionally, parents should know how to control their own emotions, in order to create a warm, loving and accepting atmosphere for their teenagers. It is impossible for a proper conversation to take place between an angry or stressful parent and an out-of-control teen. If parents practice calm interaction, they will be in a better position to learn what may be troubling their teenager. However, if the parent fails, the teen’s challenges and problems will remain remote, unchanged and may even escalate. Love is a necessary component in everyone’s world.  Though teens may exhibit attitudes of rebelliousness, they appreciate and grow in a healthier manner when they truly recognize that they are loved. If parents seek to foster openness with their teens, a consistent exhibition of love and concern is a must. Love and acceptance are the basic ingredients that must be present before a teen will feel safe in sharing any of their problems.

 

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