Teenagers receive enormous pressure from their peers and other outside influences to look, act, talk, and think certain way. They endure a lot of gossip, and sometimes they are even bullied if they do not conform to what is considered trendy by their peer group. There are also more young girls being raised in single parent homes than they were a decade ago. These households usually have limited financial resources, so teenagers have few outlets to escape from their inner conflict.
The average age of the parents of single parent homes are much younger than the average age of a two parent home. Teenage pregnancies continue to rise, and this means that more children are being born in homes where the parent may not have advanced education. Therefore, the parent may be frequently unemployed or underemployed. This directly affects where the family lives, and some of the economically disadvantaged neighborhoods are filled with crime. In turn, these young teenage girls may turn to social media networks for their outlet
A teenager’s outlook on life can be directly influenced by the types of role models they are around. A positive role model does not need to be rich, famous, or powerful. There are ways that you can help a teenager that you observe is having problems. It does not matter whether you are their parent, or just someone who wants to help make a difference in their life.
Become a Positive Role Model
No human being that is currently walking the Earth can claim that they are perfect. Everyone has made some mistakes. But, you cannot ask someone to do something that you are not prepared to do yourself. So, before you decide that you want to become a positive role model, you will want to evaluate your current lifestyle. You should always be in the active mode of making the best choices for your own life. Many teenage girls turn to media created images because they cannot find the right type of role models in their communities. You should become a shining example of who they should look up to.
Take the Time to Listen
Sometimes adults become so engaged in lecturing and giving advice that they do not take the time to listen to what anyone else has to say. You should always provide an outlet for teenage girls so they can have a chance to voice their opinions. They may have legitimate opinions and ideas, and these things should be validated.
Do Not Give Them a Reason Not To Trust You
The one thing that most teenage girls fear is abandonment. They need a group of supportive people that they know will be there for them when they need them. A teenager will thrive if they are able to interact with people who are familiar to them.
Show and Teach Them Respect
You do not have to yell and scream at teenage girls as if they were in boot camp. Your point will be better received if you teach them the meaning of respect. You should treat them will value and concern, and they will in return, treat you the same.
These are just a few of the things that you can do to begin to lay the groundwork for a better relationship between you and a troubled child.