We could reserve said voices for the things that deserved it, like paper cuts and cold showers — the ones that were meant to be hot ones. We all get cranky, tired and frustrated. Sometimes we yell. Then there are the other times.
We can all agree that it is easier to to discipline little kids than it is to discipline teens, right? I think that I can hear a collective yes in the background. With little kids we can always turn to our favorite default go-to discipline method which are time-outs where we attempt to separate the child from the situation with the hope that they will calm down. I myself am not a tremendous fan of time-outs. I am aware that we all want our kids to use the time-outs for cooling down, chilling and reflecting but these days I am a bigger fan of time-ins where you offer your child time to talk to you calmly rather than tantruming.
The teen years are notoriously challenging for parents. Much like the toddler years, kids sometimes seem intent on doing exactly the opposite of what we ask. And for some of the same reasons: Their job now is to find their sea legs as a person, to shape an identity, to sort out what's important to them. Their integrity would be compromised by simply doing what we ask because we ask it.
It can be frustrating when your child does not listen to you, or does things you don't agree with. Teenagers are dealing with a lot of emotions and are often going through many physical and emotional changes. It can be difficult to make sure that you and your teen are on the some page. Sometimes, you may feel that it is necessary to discipline your child. There are many steps you can take to make sure that the way you discipline is appropriate and effective.