Were you a “pretty good” kid?
Were you honest with your parents?
Were you always honest, never lied?
Did your peer group’s opinions, beliefs, and actions influence you?
These are questions I ask parents of teens during a workshop or coaching session. I find it helps that ol’ parental frustration to put ones-self back into those smelly teen tennies.
Perspective, understanding, and empathy are what I hope to stir in moms and dads.
We made mistakes growing up.
We hope to save our kids from making the mistakes we made.
But those little stinkers just may make the same mistakes.
Some of us humans have to do life the hard way and experience things for ourselves.
And…like us, they will make mistakes.
And…like us, they will learn.
And like us, they will grow.
And it is OK.
During the times of trial, testing, and stretching teens need to know these 5 things about mom and dad:
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Lori Wildenberg has some exciting news! Her 5th book, The Messy Life of Parenting: Powerful and Practical Ways to Strengthen Family Connections is here! Order your copy at New Hope or on Amazon!) Lori is passionate about helping families create connections that last a lifetime. Her books and talks reflect her heart and mission. She meets parents where they are with her warmth, transparency, humor, and straight-forward faith-filled approach. Lori is a licensed parent and family educator, national speaker, co-founder of 1 Corinthians 13 Parenting. lead mentor mom for Moms Together (a Facebook Community Page), and a contributor to a number of online magazines: Crosswalk.com, The Mom Initiative, Life Notes Cafe, ChristianParenting.org, Just Between Us, and Her View from Home. Catch Lori’s practical and warm-hearted faith and family blog Eternal Moments every Monday. She is available for speaking, parenting workshops, and parent consulting and coaching. The Wildenberg’s home is nestled in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Contact Lori at LoriWildenberg.com.