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Parenting Child Psychology and Behaviour

Dependant teenager

Nishtha Dutt
11 to 16 years

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Updated on May 07, 2014

Hi parents,   My sister's daughter is 16 year old and she is a very dependant child. She will seek her mother's help, approval on every small thing, for example, even if she is going to her daily coaching she will ask her mother to give her clothes.   Please suggest how to change her habit?

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Ayushi Narula

| May 08, 2014

Hi Nishtha, I totally agree with Shikha, you may follow these tips.

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Shikha Batra

| May 07, 2014

2. Not to compare with others. 3. Not to make personal attacks on physical appearance, performance etc. 4. Assigning responsibilities n praising on successful completion. 5. Praising the child on issues on which child feels less confident such as dressing up in this case. 6. Allowing the child to buy clothes for self without giving judgements. 7. Letting the child have a say in matters pertaining to self. 8. Rather than scolding the child or hitting it is advisable to peacefully discuss issues. U need to be ur child's friend to understand what is going on in his/her life.

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Shikha Batra

| May 07, 2014

Hi dear Nishtha! Adolscence is the stage of formation of self concept and perception about self is formed based on what others think about u. Please make sure nobody either at home or in school or in neighbourhood is bullying the child, making personal attacks on appearances, performance in school, group behaviour etc. bullying will make the child loose self confidence and look for approval for even small small decisions. U need to boost child's self confidence which can be done in following ways: 1. Praising the child.

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Parentune Support

| May 07, 2014

Hi Nishtha! Here is a link that you may find relevant: https://www.parentune.com/parent-blog/let-the-child-decide/391

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