It's enough to make any parent pause. Teenagers -- often painted as rebellious and irresponsible -- are at the difficult end stage you must pass through when raising your child into adulthood. Even confident parents are warned about the teenage years as if they create an unavoidable battleground between parent and child [source: Evans]. Fortunately, as many parents will attest, this doesn't always have to be the case. With the right perspective, parenting teenagers -- with all their energy and ideas -- can be a joy as well as a challenge.
Understanding the impetus behind teenage behavior can make all the difference. There are a number of developmental changes at work as your teenager prepares to enter adulthood. Even though it might have been a while since you were a teenager and experienced those changes yourself, being able to relate to your teen and knowing what motivates them is key.
If you're willing to consider -- and possibly change -- the way you think and react, you may be able to experience life with your teenager in a positive way. Can it really be that simple? We spell it all out for you, next.