Teen clothing and other types of teenage fashion, including hairstyles, jewelry, makeup and accessories, remain a controversial issue from one generation to another. Few teens appreciate or ask for fashion advice, leaving them susceptible to trial-and-error approaches to their appearance in response to peer pressure. Parents often worry about how to guide teens without controlling every decision.
In dealing with anxieties related to teen fashion, casually ask your teen (and yourself) a few questions that may help resolve your feelings on the issue.
Joy Rigberg, MEd, MA, educational coach and founder of Conscious Joy Coaching in Phoenix, believes in freedom of expression. She says, "When the method you keep trying continues to produce the
same results, it's time to make a change, or continue down the road of insanity."
Ms. Rigberg also advises to be more tolerant with your teen and remember that you too were once that age and probably rebelled or had fashion disasters in much the same way. If you did, Ms. Rigberg suggests sharing those stories with your teen. As a result, she'll respect you more and come to see you from a different, more accessible perspective.
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