Keeping little ones safe is one thing but keeping teenagers safe is a whole different ball game. The secret of getting your kids through this sensitive time of life is to talk and to listen.
Seems simple doesn’t it? But what if you don’t like what they tell you? Don’t get angry and definitely don’t lecture; children need to know that they are loved, that you are on their side and that they can tell you anything without being judged. You may even want to sleep on things before deciding what to say and how to say it. Ask such questions as, “How do you feel about this issue? What do you think you ought to do about it?” You can’t make your child think that you approve of something that you don’t but he must know that even if you are disappointed in him you still love him.
Teenagers can become almost nocturnal; they can think they know everything, and don’t need advice from anyone, especially those annoying parents who couldn’t possibly understand them. But don’t panic, this is a normal part of development. Teenage brains are being totally rearranged, preparing them for adult life. This often means that they need lots of sleep and that what appears to be rebellion is just them trying to find their independence.
So be gentle and accommodating. The time when kids feel like talking may not always be when you feel like listening. You may have had a hard day and be heading for bed when your child settles down to tell you what is going on in his life. Most of these things are just trivial and you may feel too tired to listen; but listen anyway, sometimes the trivial stuff is just the child working up to more important topics but even if it turns out to just be trivial, listening tells the child that you are interested in him.
Good communication is vital in the area of Internet safety. The Internet can be a wonderful tool for finding things that you need, like the great window cleaning and cladding cleaning and upholstery cleaning services of K2 window cleaners, but there are dangers too; for instance you need to know who your children’s social media friends are. The rule is to never accept a friend online that you don’t know in real life and make sure all the privacy and security settings are on maximum. Of course a child can always have a second account that you don’t know anything about and you may hesitate to go through his history as this can feel like and invasion of privacy but you are the parent; you need to know.
In today’s competitive job market many feel that some kind of further education is essential; in many cases sending the children somewhere local where they can come home every night ensures that you can still have input into their lives and it is probably much cheaper.
If you suspect that your child is suffering from depression try to draw him out; if despite your help he does not recover quickly, gently get the GP involved. Depression is common in teenagers and it fades with time but your child may need a helping hand until it does.
So how did a blog about commercial window cleaning and domestic window cleaning turn into a blog about teenage safety? This is an important subject, one that should be talked about at much greater length than we have time for here.
Paul and his team of friendly, professional window cleaners wish all their customers and their families well. Remember they operate in Gosforth, Ponteland, Whitley Bay, Wallsend, Newcastle, Morpeth, Gateshead, North Shields, Tyneside and Wideopen; Call them: 07584 090 508 or 0191 263 6648.