Boys Town Provides Parenting Strategies to Deal with Difficult Child Behavior Among Teenagers

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Children have often been likened to sponges - possessing the ability to soak up knowledge. That is something parents are generally pleased with until they begin soaking up negative child behavior patterns. When that happens parents must step in using experiential teaching rather than just talking.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on teaching children to behave. The national child care organization, started more than 90 years ago, says children are great learning machines, but they learn more through experience than they do from their parents talking.

1. When disciplining don’t get angry. Behave like a dispassionate policeman, simply hand out a reasonable penalty and move on.
2. When teens are screaming and yelling, try silence. Silence makes them very uncomfortable, especially when they know their parents are angry.
3. Negotiate. Kids have stuff parents want (respect, homework, and rule following). Parents have stuff that kids want (privileges, car keys and money). Make a deal here.
4. Never get physical.
5. Be careful of the people your teenager hangs out with. The stuff the bad kids do is usually more exciting than the stuff the good kids do.

Boys Town counsels families and schools across the country on best parenting and discipline practices. These strategies incorporate those teachings and can be used for effective parenting in the home.

The Boys Town National Hotline also offers free advice to parents 24/7. Call 1-800-448-3000.

About Boys Town
Nationally, Boys Town has been a beacon of hope for America’s children and families through its life-changing youth care and health care programs for more than 90 years. In 2010, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 400,000 children and families across America. This includes those who received services from Boys Town’s residential programs as well as those served by the many varied programs that comprise the Boys Town Integrated Continuum of Child and Family Services, including In-Home Family Services, health care services provided by Boys Town National Research Hospital and the Boys Town National Hotline.

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