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Parenting a teenager is likely the most challenging part of parenthood. Even with the terrible twos, you can pick up the child and go to his or her bedroom when needed. Ever tried that with a teen? You’ll be dealing with a bad back as well as a teenager.
Roots and Wings
It has been said that what teenagers want is roots and wings. Or in other words, they need to be grounded in their family, knowing who they are, where they come from and what is expected of them. They also need freedom — freedom to make as many of their own choices as possible. They also need to experience the consequences of those choices whether good or bad.
One way to provide some freedom is with a cell phone. The prepaid Blackberry Curve allows your teen to stay in touch with friends and with you. You can also save yourself worry by being able to text or call them if you start feeling worried. A prepaid phone keeps them from running up a huge bill and gives them responsibility for maybe earning their own money to keep their phone going.
There is no doubt that teens are the ones who know how to work all the new gadgets coming on the market. They text faster, speak the weird “textese” and seem to innately know how to use technology with no learning curve. It takes a willing and savvy parent to keep up with it all. It does give parents a ready topic of conversation in which to engage your teen. One to which they might actually respond!