As a mother, having the respect of your teenager is important not just for family harmony, but for her overall welfare. Teenagers who enjoy positive relationships with their parents tend to perform better academically, have a lower incident of drug use and are less likely to be sexually active.
Give to Receive
Parents often get caught up in the trap of treating their teenagers as if they are still young children; however, teenagers are rapidly becoming adults and are much more mature than parents often give them credit for. Teenagers often interpret their parent’s overprotective behaviour as disrespect because teens feel their parents are not acknowledging that they are becoming adults.
If you expect your teenager to treat you with respect you will have to give him the respect he deserves as well. As a parent, you need to allow your teenager the freedom to reach his potential to prepare him for leaving home and stop trying to protect him from all your fears.