Do you find yourself constantly getting into arguments with your teenage kid? Do you feel that you are concerned about his/her sudden change in behaviour?
If yes, then there might be a solid reason to feel concerned about your child and his/her changed behaviour.
A parent's instincts about their child is right in most cases; and when you feel that your child may be getting into bad company, which may get in the way of his/her studies or pose a threat to his/her safety, then you must address the issue ASAP!
Many a times, especially between the ages of 13 and 18 years, children tend to develop an impulsive attitude and a reckless behaviour, which may lead them into doing certain things that are not desirable.
Peer pressure, the desire to "fit in" with the so called "cool" kids of their age, may lead a teenager to take some decisions that may affect his/her studies, health and life in general.
For example, getting into habits like smoking, drinking, drug use, indulging in unprotected sex, etc.
So, as a parent, it is very crucial to recognise certain signs and advice your children the right way.
Here are a few signs which may let you know that they are in bad company, take a look.
Your kid who was once quite obedient and nice has suddenly started to back-talk and be rude to you, when you ask them questions about their friends and activities.
Your teenager spends a lot of time outside and returns home only after you call him/her multiple times and he/she refuses to tell you about his/her whereabouts.
If your kid has been doing well at school and the grades drop suddenly or if you get calls from his/her teachers expressing concern over your teen's constant leaves, which you were not aware of, then it a sure-fire sign that needs to be addressed.
Your teen spends most of his/her time at home locked up inside the room and refuses to be a part of family outings, dinners, etc, and never bothers coming out of the room.
Your kid comes home late at nights, smelling of alcohol, cigarettes, etc. This could mean that they have developed certain vices, which must be stopped before it gets worse.
Your teen constantly lies to you about everything like school timings, their whereabouts, grades, etc. Stealing money from you may also be another sign to watch out for.
Your kid refuses to bring his/her friends home to meet you, when you ask for it. They do it because they know that the company they hang out with is not an ideal one and their parents would never approve of it.