g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
News & Politics
Religion & Spirituality
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

Bored? Games!
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

Natural Living
Folklore and Mythology
Distance Learning

All times in EST

Low Carb: 8:00 PM

Full Schedule
g Adolescence Site

BellaOnline's Adolescence Editor


Your Role as a Parent

Guest Author - Angela Glenn

As parents, we all want our children to know we love and support them, but as they enter into those teenage years, our parental roles must change and adapt as well. It's easy to be confused and unsure what our teens want or need from us. We still want to cuddle them like babies, yet they seem to be pushing us away in search of their independence. As small children they looked at us in awe, filled with unconditional love and longing. It was a truly wonderful and satisfying feeling as a parent. But now as they move into the adolescenct years, we start to feel quite the opposite. Instead, we are often greeted with blank stares, confusion, and at times even defiance. That look of awe in their eyes has now been replaced by the all too familiar eye rolling. But as much as teenagers try to push their parents away, there is still a basic innate need for their parents’ love, support and attention.

Don’t let the negative attitude and the lack of awe in their eyes fool you. They’ve just locked that awe away in their hearts for now. Hopefully, some day down the road, they will be much more communicative and appreciative of your parenting efforts and dedication. Personally, as a high school teacher, I have found that a huge majority of students have a deep respect for their parents and what they do for them. But I have also learned a little about what adolescents still truly want or need from their parents but are essentially just too afraid to ask.

Teenagers want to be viewed as adults and they think to be an adult means they need to be tough. But just like most people of any age, they still desire their parents’ attention and approval. Only now they have to appear "tough" and make it seem like they don't need or want it. This could be due to a sense of peer pressure or frustration towards the increased expectations and responsibilities that come with adolescence.

Unfortunately, I have read too many essays or poems where a student just wants their parent to come watch them in the school play or attend their game just once, just to see them excel in something they love. Whether you like the activity or not, you being there at their event means the absolute world to them. Even though it may seem like they are shutting you out, they really want you there. They want you cheering them on in their activities, beaming at their report card and proud of their successes. So it is still so vitally important to take that extra time and ask them about their day and their life in general. After all, all they really want is our approval and acceptance. Even if they seem like they don't care or are embarrassed, just remember they’re acting tough, but deep down they are thrilled that you were there or listened to their latest achievement with full parental pride. They still need and want you, and even if they don’t say thank you now- they will one day thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. So support them, be their #1 cheerleader and their most ardent fan.

This site needs an editor - click to learn more!

Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Twitter Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Facebook Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to MySpace Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Del.icio.us Digg Your+Role+as+a+Parent Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Yahoo My Web Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Google Bookmarks Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Stumbleupon Add Your+Role+as+a+Parent to Reddit

RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map

For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Adolescence Newsletter

Past Issues

Printer Friendly
tell friend
Tell a Friend
Email Editor

Content copyright © 2015 by Angela Glenn. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Angela Glenn. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact BellaOnline Administration for details.


g features
Study Habits For Teenagers

The Importance Of Telling Our Children No

Taking Care of You -The Parent

Archives | Site Map


Past Issues

Less than Monthly

BellaOnline on Facebook

| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2016 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.

BellaOnline Editor