How much independence should you give your teenager?
at the balancing act of raising teenagers in 2013 and how to get the
best out of your kids without pushing them away
balance right when your kids are looking ahead to their futures is tough
at the best of times, but especially so with teenagers who are craving
independence and are starting to want to make their own decisions in
So how can
you make sure your kids fulfill their potential in today’s tough world,
whilst also ensuring you’re giving them the independence they will need
to get ahead?
research released today by NCS (National Citizen Service), a once in a
lifetime experience open to all 16 and 17 year olds across England,
shows that more than half of teens in the UK want more independence from
their parents to make choices about their own lives.
But when it
comes to focusing on their futures, parents think their teenagers could
be doing more, with parents saying their teens are prioritising their
friendships (57%), looks (33%) and love lives (26%) over improving their
future CVs (with just 8%.
teenagers were asked to state their current priorities in life, while
parents were correct about friendship being top not far behind were
school and college, employment after school and college and future
education ranking ahead of looks and love lives.
always worry about their teenagers, especially when it comes to their
future and providing enough opportunity to ensure they can flourish in
life, but do parents run the risk of driving their teenagers away by
piling on too much pressure?
parents strike the right balance and what opportunities are available to
teenagers to discover their independence and develop skills for work and
life that can help improve their confidence and chances of going into
further education and getting a job.