It’s hard to avoid the occasional encounter with a teenager when you’re out and about in your area, but when you’re feeling overwhelmed by them, it can be challenging to know how to cope. The first step is to remember that most teens are not deliberately trying to be annoying — they are simply acting the way they think is typical of their age. They are brought up to believe that they have to get attention if they want it and that the best way to do that is by talking and making a scene.
Teens in the U.S. and many other countries grow up learning their social skills from other teens, often from TV dramas and movies, so most of them will respond positively when you show respect for them by speaking gently and calmly while you’re together.
What if you have already taken steps to reduce anti-social behavior
There’s no doubt that a group of young adults can be intimidating. If there is an area in your neighborhood where anti-social teens congregate, it is possible to disperse them by using technology to get the troublesome teens to stop loitering. This is achieved through the use of a high-pitched sound emitter. The device emits a
1) Behavior breeds behavior
Remember that most teens are learning how to be polite and respectful from each other, so respond calmly when they address you. Even if you’re having a bad day, remain calm and polite. If you lose your temper with a group of teens, don’t be surprised when that behavior is reflected back. This isn’t to say you have to accept poor behavior, but it’s a good idea to remain calm and speak respectfully
2) Stay in control of your emotions
Teenagers often act the way they do because they want attention. Even if you’re frustrated by their behavior or how they treat you, getting angry will only encourage them. All you need to do is smile and say “thank you” when a teenager holds the door open for you.
3) Teach teens respect in your own home
Many teens are also learning how to behave from their parents and other family members. You can teach them respect without making them feel bad about themselves by treating them the way you want them to treat others.
4) Explain why you don’t like teen behavior
Many teens aren’t comfortable talking to adults, so if you can find the time, open a discussion about why you don’t like how they talk or act. Explain that while you appreciate they are entertaining themselves, they often do things that annoy other people. Tell them that when you meet them in public or at work or school, it’s crucial for you to mind your own business without being bothered by rude comments or actions.
Life can be tough when you run into teenagers acting the way they are because they think it’s expected of them. Remember that you can take steps to show respect for yourself and others, but not everyone will respond positively. That’s ok — be the best person you can be by treating others with the respect and kindness you would expect from them.
A good rule of thumb is to remember that while everyone wants attention, most people will respond positively when they are treated with kindness and respect.