Two Methods of Parental handling of Teenage Problems

Two Methods of Parental handling of Teenage Problems
The question dealing with increase of dual-career families and their negative impact on the children have been raised since the fourth quarter of the 20th century. A number of women gave up housekeeping and promoted their careers, working for full 40 hours a week: “The challenge to succeed both at home and at work represents a big change that has taken place in our society over the past three decades. Statistics show that in 1970, 30% of children under the age of six had mothers working outside the home. In 1988, that figure had risen to 57%. It is currently estimated that 66% of women in families with children under 18, work outside the home, and that figure is expected to rise to 80% by the year 2000. Now, more than ever, it is important to consider the impact of work on marital satisfaction and childrearing” (Rosen-Grandon, 1999). It goes without saying that the question of children upbringing was raised since then. Being away from the parents, children spend 5 days a week in kindergartens, nursing houses and daycares. Psychologists and other investigators find this question among the contradictory ones and very significant too; as it strongly deals with the healthy upbringing of the new generations. The negative effect of the children of this situation is already a confirmed fact and this paper, would provide clear evidence that would explain the necessity of parental care for children.

It goes without saying that such parents insignificantly participate in their children’s life and these children who lack parental love more often face such problems as drug addiction, teen pregnancy and show poor results at school. It goes without saying that all these problems, are very important for contemporary teenagers and need specific methods of parental participation and assistance. But there are two general methods which could be considered to be parental handling of teenage problems.

The fist and probably one of the most effective is preventive method, which help to avoid a number of problems. None could children better than their parents and psychological or any other help in the certain period often is effective method in problem solving. It goes without saying that this method needs close relations between children and parents. Being reliable friend for a child, a parent could see the changes and the alarming signals in teen’s behavior and take preventive measures which would help to avoid the problems and their after effects.

Another method that could be useful in parental participation in the teenage problem could be called cooperation. It won’t be a secret that parents often face the teenage problems, when they are already exist and it would be important to note that children are waiting for support from their parents and they should receive it. Parents, if they want to be friends with their children and want them to take a lesson from these problem, should not abandon them alone with these problems but actively participate in solving the problem and support their child.

In the end I would like to focus on the fact that family psychologists can also help a lot to families with problematic teens, assisting in seeking for harmony and problem solving.

1. Rosen-Grandon J. R. (1999). Managing Your Dual-Career Family. Retrieved August 22, 2010 from Dr. Jane’s Notebook official web site http://www.dr-jane.com/chapters/Jane133.htm

2. Douglas S. J. & Michaels M. W. (2005). The New Momism. Boston

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