Tweens, Teens and Greatness

Theodore Roosevelt said, “People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Surely our own tweens and teens know how much we love them. So why don’t they embrace each and every word
we say? We have such valuable wisdom to share! We know them better than anyone else on earth, yet they reject so much of our knowledge, so much of the time.12 weeks to personal brilliance

The truth is, we need our teens working towards independence, making more of their own decisions, and, yes, disagreeing with us. As challenging as that can be, imagine the alternative! By making every choice for them we’d be setting our kids up for failure. Lack of confidence is a rough way to head into adulthood.

It would be nice, however, if our kids could slip from that developmental stage of dependence, to the glories of independence a whole lot quicker, like between age 17 years, 364 days and age 18!

Teens navigate these challenging years more successfully when they have a trusted adult, in addition to a parent or teacher, to help support them. A life coach can be that person. A grandparent or trusted neighbor can be that person. Someone to offer the encouragement and guidance that a parent can, but without being another authority figure in their life. As in a coaching relationship, the teen and their adult friend are on equal footing. Ass
uming they don’t know what’s best for the teen, they help them figure out what they want from life and how to make it happen! Mostly, they listen, listen and listen some more!

If you’re a teen, seek out such a person. If you’re a parent, encourage your child to make, and keep, such a connection. If you are that person, be as available as you can as often as you can, and know that our world appreciates you.

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