Teenagers and attitudes go together like peanut butter and jelly, fries and hamburgers or corn and dogs. It is more common than the common cold and more contagious than a yawn. I say this because no matter how great your family is, attitude is always present in a home where a teenager resides.
As parents, we can easily regard attitude as a mere annoyance and accept the behavior as part of the adolescence development. Attitude is annoying, and it is common, but we shouldn’t be something to ignore and wait for calmer days.
As the parent, you need to be more proactive in curbing bad behavior. As the leader of the home, you are in the frontline, and you can be the example of good behavior for your student to follow.
If you need help, look no further than the second chapter of Philippians.
Philippians 2 is a great at explaining a Christ-like attitude that all of us, parents, grandparents, singles or whomever, can apply to our lives every day.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. (vs. 3-4)
The biggest proponent in attitude with a teenager is selfishness, but selfishness is not found solely in teens. Selfishness can be found in us as well, and our selfishness can provoke attitude more. That is why, we must learn to be humble. We should never boost ourselves above anyone in the family because it will infect the household with selfishness. Instead, we need to learn to humble ourselves, serve our family in order to create a house of humility and peace.
If Christ can humble Himself then we can do that with our teenager.