What is harder than being a teenager? Parenting one! With easy access to all temptations in social media, it is almost impossible to know everything that’s going on about them. When should parents leave their children and when should they snoop? Parents need not worry because here are a few tips that can help them track their young adults without invading their privacy.
Engage them in conversation whenever you can. Most teenagers stay in their room or in their personal dens, but sometimes, hang out in the family common areas for two reasons. One is that they really are just hungry or simply want to spend time with you, another one is they want to talk to you about something. Gauge their emotions but don’t push them to share. When they feel forced, these young adults tend to shut down as they feel like their parents are invading their boundaries. One of the many sources of headache for most parents of teenagers is their mysterious disappearance in the middle of the night or disrespecting the sacred rule of curfew. Teenagers may be the Houdini of sneaking away, but parents don’t have to remain oblivious to their magic tricks anymore.
You can show them that you have some tricks up your sleeves, too. With SadoTech Mini Motion Sensor Set, parents can easily be notified of any movements at their front door (or anywhere they feel their sneaky kids would probably sneak into!).
Apart from it being fun to see the shock of their children’s faces, it also makes the youngsters double think if another minute in that party (or wherever hanging out places teenagers chill in the middle of the night) is worth the risk of getting caught past their curfew. If your teenager refuses to accept you as a friend on social media, don’t force them to do so! This will only trigger their rebellious instincts and break you apart even more. You can be supportive of their social life by offering up your home for them to hang out in, invite them to stay for dinner (but not all the time!) or even let them go to parent-approved parties.
This not only sends a message to your child that you trust them, but it also makes them feel like you are genuinely interested in their life. Though teenagers can be quite a handful, it also pays to remind yourself that they have their own lives and deserve some freedom to explore their world. At the end of the day, it’s all about keeping a balance between making sure they are safe and at the same time, letting them have the space that they need.