When it comes to raising young children, parents soon come to find that at a certain age, the extent to which they talk back and attempt to argue with parents increases significantly. When it comes to arguing with an adolescent child, there is a fine line that parents need to tread on in order to ensure effective development, while still nurturing the self esteem of a child as they enter this volatile stage of their lives.
- Argumentativeness is normal for teenagers, who are testing their own ability to be assertive as they move forward.
- In the throes of dealing with adolescence, parents of teens can forget that arguments are not possible without their collaboration.
- It’s also important to remember that even at this late stage of childhood teenagers will imitate their primary role models, their parents.
“In frustration, particularly during early and mid adolescence, parents will often hold the teenager responsible for this increase in argument, but such blame is misplaced.”