Ways to Fulfil Your Teens Emotional Needs
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Ways to Fulfil Your Teens Emotional Needs

Teenagers, as well as adults, have emotional needs. If these needs arenÂ’t met appropriately, parents run into conflict.

Teenagers, as well as adults, have emotional needs. If these needs aren’t met appropriately, parents run into conflict.Here are some examples of what you can do to respond to your teen’s emotional needs while furthering your relationship:

Give your attention:

Take an interest in your teen’s world, the things he likes, the music he listens to, the things he dislikes (and why), his worries, and his ways to have fun.

Appreciate your teen: Notice when your teen gets things right or is helpful.

Accept your teen: Show your teen that you love him even if he behaves rather erratically. Give your teen space and don’t expect him to get everything right, every time.

Encourage your teen: Show him you believe in him and lift him up when the going gets tough.

Show love and affection: Keep it simple – giving him a friendly pat on the back or a hug, or ruffling his hair, can work wonders.

Show respect: Ask for his opinions and ideas for solutions to problems.

Support your teen: Attend football games, drama productions, and school events.

Comfort your teen: Notice when he’s feeling down, nervous, or apprehensive. Have a chat, watch a DVD together, or go out for a meal.

Note your approval: Teens sometimes do good things! Point out behaviours you appreciate, such as owning up, helping others, tidying a room, or taking the dog out for a walk.

Show your teen security: Doing so is critical. Your teen needs to know that you’re there for him no matter what.

Golden moments often pop up when you least expect them: Often, teens like to talk when you’ve just settled down with a cup of coffee to watch your favourite TV programme, just climbed into bed exhausted, or just run a lovely hot bath. Be open to these opportunities for deep and meaningful chats at inopportune times. These moments connect you to your kids and help bridge the gap of empathy.

Spending quality time with your teenager is a good habit to develop: This time doesn’t mean just putting up with him. Quality time means you make an effort to enjoy his company and do something you both enjoy.This is the oil of good communication that lubricates family. What activities do you and your teen enjoy where you can give your full attention, listen carefully, chat, and ask questions?

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