Communication is so very important to have with your teen. Although you may be the parent, it's important for you to remember that YOUR teen has a voice too. It's extremely important for you to listen, and most importantly, communicate. Remember, there's a cause and effect to everything. If your teen is giving you a run for your money, it's time to get to the root cause of what's causing them to act the way that they do. You can't afford to ignore what is going on. I challenge you to ask yourself some questions.
Here are some examples: Does your teen feel loved by you? Does your teen trust you and feel safe? Does your teen feel like they can count on you? Does your teen feel important? There are SO many questions that you can ask yourself as a parent. I don't know about you, but I take parenting seriously, and I feel honored to be a parent.
Are you being the best parent that you can be? If not, it's time to step it up and get it right. It's never too late! Our teens need our guidance, love, and support. Teenage years are the hardest. Let your teen know today that you're there for them no matter what. Don't expect them to be perfect. Nobody's perfect, not even you. We ALL make mistakes.
I'll leave you with this: This is YOUR child. Don't give up! Don't lose hope. Be encouraged. Believe.
- Stephanie Lahart (Author & Poet)