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Early Teen

Age 13-15 years

Parenting an early teen is a lot like parenting a toddler in some ways. The developmental stage is all about moving toward independence, not always gracefully or responsibly.

We can't change our child's basic personality, and the outside environment has a profound effect, from peers to school to media. But how we parent makes the critical difference in how our teen acts, from how rebellious he is to whether she throws emotional tantrums, from whether he gets enough sleep to how studious she is.

If we can manage our own emotions, extend respect, offer appropriate freedom, and maintain intimacy and communication -- a tall order for most parents -- we can be pleasantly surprised by how rewarding the teen years can be. The rewards are huge, as we watch our child transform and blossom in front of our eyes.

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Gameplan for Peaceful Parenting Your Early Teen

Good relationships between teenagers and their parents, as rated by both, are positively correlated with school success and general happiness.

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Navigate Your Teen’s Emerging Independence

If we've accepted our child's dependency needs AND affirmed her development into her own person, she'll stay fiercely connected to us even as her focus shifts.

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Setting Limits with Teens and Preteens

Parenting teens and preteens can be aggravating. Just as with little ones, respect works better than coercion, you still have to hold your limits, and a sense of humor is essential. Here's how to support your young person to meet your expectations, while at the same time strengthening your relationship with them.

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Beyond Discipline for Teens

So discipline as we usually think of it backfires with teens. If you come down like a sledge hammer, you can count on open rebellion. Here's what to do instead.

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Want a Trustworthy 14 Year Old?

My Aha! Parenting moment this week came when my almost 14 year-old daughter had some friends over for a sleepover. Here's what happened...

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Best Books on Parenting Teens

Some fabulous suggestions . . .

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