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Reasons why teenagers can be especially difficult to raise

Parents in North Carolina and every other state know that it is hard to raise a teenager. This is because teens are going through an emotional and physical transition from childhood to adulthood. It is important for parents to remember that teens still need support and guidance even as they start to have a greater say in their own lives. For those who are divorced and attempting to raise a teenager, it is important to communicate effectively with the teen and the other parent.

It can be tempting for a parent to assume that the other is keeping tabs on what the child is doing. However, both parents should learn who their teenager is friends with or otherwise spends time with on a regular basis. Parents should also share information about any behavioral issues that they notice. This can make it possible to resolve a problem before it gets too far out of hand.

Teens should be allowed to drive, hold jobs and have a social life as they get older. It is also necessary to ensure that teenagers don't feel as if they have too much freedom, however. Otherwise, they may feel as if it's possible to play parents against each other or simply disregard what parents have to say about an issue.

Parents may feel a multitude of emotions when raising a teenager regardless of whether they are divorced or not. However, for those who are separated from the child's other parent, it may be worth consulting with an attorney if any problems arise. It may be possible to amend a parenting plan or make other adjustments to ensure that the child's best interests are being met. A mediator may also help parents get past any disputes that they have.

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