Costs of Being a Teenage Parent Family

Costs of Being a Teenage Parent Family

One of the things that may come as a shock to teenage parents is how much their little bundle of joy will cost them over the years. You can possibly pay up to $10,000 in the first year, including your hospital costs. By teenparentingmagazine

The biggest expense for your new baby will be healthcare, but other items that will be quite costly are diapers, formula, wipes, and lotions. Then you need to take into account the costs of cribs, prams and baby clothes.

It may be helpful before the baby is born to sit down with a responsible adult and work out a budget and try very hard to stick to your budget, which can be found in Parenting Magazines

This is not a time to be proud, if you have friends or family members that have children and they offer you their hand-me-downs, don’t be ashamed to take them. Babies don’t stay in clothes for long, they outgrow them before out wearing them so most hand-me-downs are still in very good condition and this can save you a lot of money.

You may be able to get financial help from your parents, but most teenage parents are not able to rely on their parents. Your parents have their own lives and their own families to support.

Although many parents will help out as much as they can, particularly if they want their teenagers to stay in school and still be able to gain a good education.

Quite often teenagers will need to combine a part-time job with government support as well as possibly continuing at school. It really is important to continue your education if this is possible to give both you and your baby the best future possible.

You may be able to temporarily stop school for the early stages and return to school when your baby is at an age that you don’t mind sending them to childcare.

If you are a single mother then you will need to let your state Health and Welfare Department know who the father is so that you can collect child support from him. A single mother must identify the father of the child to receive benefits.

Once you have identified the father of the baby, he must pay you child support, which will usually be taken directly out of his pay check. A father that refuses to pay child support for his child can be sent to jail and will possibly lose his driver’s license.

If the father of your baby is also a teenager and still living with his parents, it may be more difficult for him to pay child support. Under these circumstances he may be able to pay child support jointly with his parents.

It is just as important that the father be able to continue with his education to give himself a better future, but he will possibly have to work part-time to be able to provide you with some child support.

Things may seem to get hard at times but remember there is always a light at the end of the tunnel and things will work out in the end. Be organised, set your budget and work hard at sticking with your budget is the best way to ensure you will cope well with your finances.

Is Your Teenager A Difficult Teen Parent

Is Your Teenager A Difficult Teen?

How do you know if your teenager fits in to the troubled or difficult teen category?

If you have a teenager that fits in to this category, what can you do to sort them out before they turn into an out of control young adult?

Here are some of the signs of whether your teenager fits in to the ‘difficult teen’ category:

1. Your teenager doesn’t abide by your family or household rules.

2. Your teenager has been suspended or expelled from school or had a drop in grades.

3. Your teenager can be verbally abusive.

4. Your teenager socialises with a bad crowd.

5. Your teenager no longer participates in his favourite sports and activities.

6. You cannot get your teenager to do homework or chores around the house.

7. Your teenager has had problems with the law.

8. You have to be very careful with how you speak to your teenager to avoid a verbal attack from him.

9. Your teenager wants to drop out of school.

10. Your teenager has become withdrawn and may even seem depressed.

11. Your teenager no longer takes care of his/her personal appearance

12. Your teenager shows sign of violent behaviour

13. Your teenager is manipulative and deceitful

14. Your teenager has no motivation

15. Your teenager is becoming dishonest

16. Your teenager has become sexually promiscuous

17. Your teenager has shown evidence of suicidal behaviour

18. You suspect your teenager has been stealing from your home

19. You are concerned of your teenager’s safety

20. Your teenager seems angry and often has temper outbursts

21. Your teenager seems to have no self esteem

22. You have lost all trust in your teenager

23. Your teenager has no respect for authority

24. Your teenager is involved in activities you do not approve of

25. You suspect or know your teenager is involved with drugs, or is associating with people that are involved with drugs.

26. You are concerned about your teenager’s future

27. Your teenager is constantly opposing your family values

28. Your teenager will constantly defy all rules no matter what the consequence

29. You are exhausted and becoming run down from your teenager’s behaviour

30. You feel you have no power over your teenager

If your teenager falls into 18 or more of the above points then your teenager is in the high risk difficult teenager category. You may be at a point where your parenting is not enough and will need to seek help. You may be able to seek help from their school and if their school cannot help you it may be time to change to a school that can.

If your teenager falls into between 9 and 17 of the above points then your teenager is a borderline risk of becoming a difficult teen. By tightening the family rules and structure and by showing your child lots of praise for their positive points, you may be able to resolve the situation. If you are still having problems then you may need to consider outside help.

If your teenager falls below 8 of the above points then there is a low to moderate risk of becoming a difficult teen. Enforce the family rules and structure, spend quality time with your teen and really focus on and praise them for their positive behaviours.

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Motivating Your Teenager Parent

Motivating Your Teen

Some teenagers will be harder to motivate than others and it can often depend on their general lifestyle and upbringing. Probably the most important factor in having an influence in your teenager’s life is how close a relationship you have with him/her. When parents have a strong relationship with their teenager then that teenager is more likely to have a healthy view on life and will greatly appreciate any advice that you give them.

A parent who does not have a close bond or strong relationship with their teenager will have a much lower chance of being able to influence their teenager in which direction their life may take.

Lecturing your child in which direction to take in life, whether in regard to academic goals or lifestyle choices, will not lead your child in the right direction and in fact may undermine any efforts that you have made to influence him/her.

Likewise, to be condescending of the choices that they do make themselves can actually make them continue with their choice out of despite rather than listen to any advice you have to give.

Children seem to have a need to grow up fast and even as a teenager often wish to be treated as an adult. By treating your teenager as a young child and making all their decisions for them, will make them feel like they are not getting the respect they deserve.

It is more effective to treat your teenager with respect and talk together with your teenager and work out a solution that will suit both you and him/her.

Having a positive outlook on life yourself, can help your child to develop into a positive thinking teenager with a healthy outlook on life. A child with a positive attitude will have a higher degree of motivation in life and be more likely to value their eduction and lifestyle.

Spending quality family time with your teenagers will help you to know them and not lose site of who they are as they mature. Asking questions and having regular discussions as a family will give you a close bond and they will share with you their goals and desires.

Remember children will not always follow in the footsteps of their parents and you need to be prepared to accept that if they make a choice to go in a different direction. Offer them the support they need in whatever they choose to do. It can make the world of difference to your teenager knowing that they have the support of their parents in whatever path they choose to take.

Always be there for your child if they need help and need to talk to you. Putting them off because you are busy will stop them coming to you for advice or help, so always make sure to spare the time for them when they need it.

When they discuss their goals with you, discuss with them what they may need to do to meet those goals. Discuss the consequences with things like not doing homework or not practising sporting skills, etc depending on the goal they are aiming for.

To ensure that your teenager stays motivated toward their goals in life make sure they know that you are always there for them to offer your help and encouragement.

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