Dear Disappointed, Overwhelmed, Angry, Frustrated Parent of a Teenager…here is how I have personally parented the last decade and I can truly say I enjoy every moment of adolescence, and you can too!
When she dropped the F-bomb at Target I thought, “what could make a kid so angry as to say this to her mother?” Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence, but what drives teens to act this way?
Are you one of those lucky parents whose kids tell you everything? The problem is what to do with the information…do you call another child’s parent? Do you turn your head? Just pray hard all will end up okay???? What’s the answer?
I knew my daughter's teen years would trigger me in ways my four sons never did. What I didn't anticipate was what exactly it would bring up for me and how I'd deal with it.
I RECENTLY HAD THE PRIVILEGE OF SPEAKING TO A GROUP OF HIGH SCHOOL BOYS. The topic was drug and alcohol use. When I thought about how I would talk with them I decided I didn't want to just be the mom/parent coach who walked into the room with the usual presentation they may or may not actually hear, I wanted to make an impact.
As a kid, I remember how welcomed I felt in each of our new neighborhoods. Those days seem to be long gone, but after recently reading The Turquoise Table by Kristin Schell I decided to take it upon myself to become a conduit for community in my own neighborhood. Who knew it would lead to meeting the author at my table?!
Two decades ago I would have told you all I wanted for my kids was that they grow up to be "happy." The most important lesson I've learned along their raising is that the path I think they should be on may not be their destiny. And what a gift it is to witness their journey!