Sometimes our teens and emerging adults are just straight-up challenging. They do things that get under our skin and frustrate us to no end. Your relationship strains and worsens over time, and soon you’re not sure what to do to make things better. Here are eight things you can do to handle your child’s challenging behavior while maintaining a positive relationship.


Key Takeaways

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Listen Actively
  3. Be Responsive, Not Reactive
  4. Pick Your Battles
  5. Focus on Problem-Solving, Not What’s Wrong
  6. Be Soft on the Person, and Firm on the Issue
  7. Handle Your Own “Stuff”
  8. Seek Support


Need support parenting your teen or emerging adult? Contact Dr. Crystal I. Lee for a free 20 minute consultation to see how she can help.