Boys Town Releases Top Five Strategies for Dealing With Difficult Teens

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Parenting is never an easy task. Some parents angst over the terrible twos or those first years in grade school, but most parents will agree that their greatest concern is dealing with the teenage years. Boys Town has some tips for how to survive and thrive during that time.

Boys Town releases advice for parents on teaching children to behave. The national child care organization, started over 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 they are screaming and yelling at you, try silence. Your silence makes them very uncomfortable, especially when they know you are angry.

3.    Negotiate. They have stuff you want (respect, homework, and rule following). You have stuff that they want (privileges, car keys and money). You could make a good deal here.

4.    Never get physical.

5.    Be careful of who you let your teenager hang 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.

You can find more information on parenting at

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 2013, Boys Town’s Integrated Continuum of youth care and health care programs impacted more than 500,000 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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