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!
Scrolling through Facebook it's easy to pick apart and be judgy about other's posts. Today I am sharing my plan for a new year filled with positive thought and action!
There is a big difference between the moms of littles and those in the throes of raising teenagers! Today I was reminded of why it's so important to have authentic connection and camaraderie while in the trenches of parenting.
Having regular run-ins with your teenager? Wish you could figure out what's going on? Beth and her son Scott were at an impasse before we began to look at the limiting beliefs Beth had that contributed to her parenting dilemma. Things are much smoother sailing now.