Drew Heckman, Ph.D.
Disciplining your adolescent is notoriously known to be a difficult task for most parents. During this time teenagers are more motivated on spending free time with friends and having fun above anything else. In order to effectively raise your teenager, the relationship becomes similar to an employee to employer relationship where negotiation is constant. You may be in charge of things they want such as gas, money or a new phone, while they are in charge of doing things you want like doing well in school and helping out around the house.
Many families come seek professional help to solve adolescent behavior problems and parents do not need to feel ashamed. It is a difficult time to be an adolescent and to be parents raising an adolescent, as well. If your teenager is involved in any negative activities such as drug use, self-harm or physical violence, seek professional help.