There is nothing anywhere that says raising a teenager is easy, but you can make it easier on yourself by simply picking your battles. For example, there is no need to battle with a teenager who is looking for their own space and insists on having all of their time spent holed up in their room. You can let that happen while still allowing them to be a functional member of the family.
Some people like to invest in custom wood sheds and create an outdoor space just for their teenager to enjoy such as a studio or another bedroom that is separate from the main house but still safe and on the same grounds. Giving your teenager space doesn’t mean you are neglecting them, it just means that you are giving them a moment to have their feelings even if you don’t understand them. Helping them to create their own space is an entirely different thing to just giving them space. Below, we have several ways that you can make sure that you give your teenagers a space of their own.
- Allow them to have their own bedroom. If you have the space in your house, let your teenager have their own bedroom in which they can relax. Having their own space away from their younger siblings can help them to feel more secure and it can give them the privacy that they deserve. We all hear the old adage that teenagers feel like they know everything, and while they may not know everything in the world they do know everything about themselves and if space is something they need that space is something that they should have. Whether you build an extension onto the house as we discussed with the custom woodshed that you can turn into a bedroom, or you simply make sure that there is a spare bedroom in the safety of the home, see what you can do to give them their own bedroom.
- Give them the control over their decoration. You don’t have to decorate your teenagers bedroom, they have just as much design and ideas for their own space as you do. Giving them creative rain for their own space is going to make you the kind of parent that gets admiration and respect, two things that you should always strive to have from your children.
- Advocate for their privacy. From siblings, friends and even from you, always be a good advocate for their privacy. Social media, keep the conversation open about the dangers of meeting people and talking to strangers online, and make sure that they know that you are there for them to bounce any questions off without any judgment. You also should ensure that you are not snooping on their messages even if you feel something may be wrong. Open conversation is always important if you are looking to ensure that your teenager feels like they’re being heard and respected.
All of these things can help you to give your teen space.