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Iceberg or Ice Cube?

HALF-HOUR PODCAST SUMMARY:

Many parents look at the inappropriate behavior of their teen and overestimate the situation. On this edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston helps mom and dads distinguish between small issues and massive problems that are hidden beneath the surface. Special guest Jim Burns, Ph.D., President of HomeWord is the host of the HomeWord with Jim Burns radio program. He is the author of many resources including books on marriage and family.

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Dealing With Teen Anger

Angry teenAnger in your teenager can take on many faces.  It can be a seething anger kept quietly below the surface, or a tidal wave unleashed on everyone around them. Anger can manifest itself in a covert refusal to comply with your household rules or wishes, or it can lead your teenager to outwardly undermine their own future or even strike out in violence.

Anger in teenagers usually comes from some unmet need or heart-longing. Such “wants” can be immature and selfish; like wanting more material things. Or the more complicated want for control and independence.  But these can also be a smokescreen for deeper wants, like the want for love, acceptance, or even clearly defined rules to live by.  Or, it can be a want for life to be the way it was before a major event took place, like the breakup of your family, the loss of innocence, or a betrayal. Anger can also come from the want to not be ridiculed or bullied or the want to be “normal” as defined by today’s teen culture.  Continue reading “Dealing With Teen Anger”