Teenagers might seem to you as a small 10-year-old kid with the same irresponsible and stubborn nature but in reality, there are a lot of things going on in that kid of yours that you haven’t discovered yet. Yes, they can be responsible and can even make you happier than you expect regarding their duties provided that you treat them the right way and use these following tips in helping you to do so:
1. Choices: One of the easiest tricks used by parents all over the world to make their teen listen to them, especially during situations where they have to do their chores is by giving them choices. It’s a great way to let your kid know that they have the freedom of whatever they want to do as long as it’s one of the choices you gave them. For example: you can tell them to either help in doing the dishes, taking the dog out for a walk, or buy the groceries. Don’t believe us? Try out and see for yourself!
2. Rewards: Your teen also has to learn certain things about life, which can be really important, such as doing good for others brings good to yourself. Thus, giving them rewards will not only make them do their duties more responsibly, but will also make them learn a life lesson which will impact their actions for possibly their entire life.
3. Accept it: Sometimes, even us parents can make mistakes by not accepting their decisions, even though it may be right simply because it didn’t go our way. As hard it is, you still have to accept the fact that it is their life and if they have found a new way to deal with their situation, you should, in fact, appreciate it too. Your teen should be a person of their own character rather than a shadow of you, after all.
4. Trust: Mistrust can also sometimes lead to the teen not acting responsibly in the first place. They may or may not say it, but calling them every 15 minutes to check if they are babysitting their 5-year-old brother/sister is a dead giveaway that you do not trust in them. Instead, being cautious but still trusting them by either telling it outright to them or showing it through your actions can potentially make them to perform their duties with such efficiency that you’ll realize that you underestimated them all along.