Teaching Teens Morals

The 21st century is one which has made parenting difficult because of the power that is exercised by the mass media in shaping societal thinking and particularly what teens think of as good and bad and the kind of choices their likely to make in living their lives. But parents can still exert some influence and succeed in teaching their teens morals. While it is true that growing children (teens, in this case) are responsible for the formation of  their own characters and choices made in terms of lifestyle—whether they choose to live morally or not—parents and guardians can influence their teens to an appreciable extent. This they can do by living explore lives, being best friends to their teens, exercising their parental authority with caution but resoluteness, and creating a conducive atmosphere at home, which can influence teens into learning morals.

Live an exemplary life

Whether you/re a single parent or not, your ability to live a life worth emulating is of utmost necessity in teaching teens morals. Children maturing towards adulthood tend to pick up mannerisms, ways of speaking, and behavior patterns that are evident in and around their immediate environment.

It is thus necessary that the parent seeking to teach his/her teens morals is himself/herself moral, and consistently living a life of morals. This then sets him/her up as an example, which the teens might learn to emulate or, at least, be influenced by into valuing morals themselves.

Befriend your teens

Of all age groups, teens are the ones most likely to be influenced by their friends, and if a parent can strike such a partnership with them, she is in pole position to limit the influence of peer pressure, which, oftentimes, prompt teens into behaving immorally.

Make it a point to cultivate a close relationship with your teens. Besides seeing you as a parent, let them also consider you as someone close, someone with a friendly ear who will listen to them and not be hasty in judging them.

To make yourself totally authoritative as a parent is to risk your teens rebelling against your and your attempt to teach them morals They might then persist in living a life they deem fit for them rather than following your example and heeding to your well-intentioned advices.

Exercise parental authority

Being too soft on your teens is not good either.  Be strong enough to mete out punishments to your teens when they go wrong, which will drum it into them that what they did wasn’t good.

But while doing that, let them know that you’re doing it out of love for them—as a concerned parent who’s concerned about the kind of life his/her teens may grow up and be living in the near future.

Create a morally conducive atmosphere at home

Teens, in the 21st century, are often tempted into waywardness by what they see on TV, what they hear on radio and in the songs they listen to, and what they read.

Of course, no parent can influence what’s out there in the mass media, but you can do something at home.