How To Tackle Challenges When Raising Teens

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How to tackle challenges when raising teens.


Teenagers tackle challenges almost every day.

Encourage openness, love them, and define your boundaries and rules.


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How To Tackle Challenges When Raising Teens


Educate them on sexual health. Follow up with regular medical checkups, and, of course, love them. Yes, I already said that but it is always worth repeating!


Be Their Friend and Encourage Openness


Being their friend is one way to encourage openness. For example, having dinner together and discussing the day’s events can help you learn more about your teen.

Other ways include:

Encouraging them to become involved in extracurricular activities such as sports or clubs. Asking questions and showing interest in their lives. Sharing how you handled challenges when you were a teenager can enlighten teens on handling similar situations.

It is essential not to be afraid of being open yourself, so they don’t feel judged or misunderstood. For example, if you have a friend who has gone through similar situations as your teenager, share this with them, This can help them to know it’s okay to talk about it.

In addition to encouraging openness from teenagers, in general, let them know that when something happens at school or outside of the home that makes them uncomfortable – such as bullying – you want to hear about it no matter how small it may seem. Please encourage them to tell you even when things aren’t going well because knowing what is happening can help improve their situation and make sure everything goes smoothly.

Define Your boundaries and Rules 


You need to clearly understand what is okay and not okay in your house. It would be best to be consistent with implementing these rules to learn the difference between right and wrong.

Setting boundaries and having rules is essential in a household, but it’s also important to remember that teens grow and develop. Therefore, it would be best if you were ready since teens push the limits from time to time with minor infractions.

Educate Them on Sexual Health 


Sexual health is an important topic to discuss with your teen. Encourage them to speak up if they have questions or concerns about their sexual health, and make sure you give them accurate information based on correct medical facts.

Teens want parents to be open with the conversation but not too overbearing when it comes to specifics. Talk through every detail that may arise during discussions, so there will never be any confusion or misunderstanding along the way.

Create Awareness About their Medical  Rights.


Often, the medical rights of teens fail to get the worthy emphasis, yet they are detrimental. It is crucial to make your teens aware of their medical rights. Teens have a right to information concerning medical procedures and even legal representation in case of a breach.

A Medical malpractice attorney makes sure every client from adolescents until adulthood knows they have rights when dealing with health care professionals’ mistakes during treatment sessions.



In conclusion, raising a teen is challenging and complex, but it is also be rewarding.

Make sure to love them unconditionally. Make sure they know how much you care about their day through both words and actions.

For More on Parenting:
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Older Child With Additional Needs
Parenting An Older Child With Additional Needs

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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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18 thoughts on “How To Tackle Challenges When Raising Teens”

  1. Truth be told, teen nowadays are different. They need a different approach and as a parent (I think) you need to spend quality time with them as they grow old to build the trust. I am not there yet, but thats what i plan to do – build a good relationship starting at a young age so that there will be communication present..

  2. Raising teens is tough.. but it can be such a good stage you both can enjoy. I love this post. Because I believe in the power of providing as much information to my teens as possible. This way they understand.

    1. Beth, it’s definitely an uncomfortable topic. However, when we discuss it in small ways starting at a young age it becomes less uncomfortable when you start hitting the big topics..

  3. God love anyone raising kids in todays climate. It was hard enough when I was growing up with the beginning of technology. Now, it’s bound to be ruthless.

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.