Parents of teens need all the help they can get so here’s a few more tips from me.
Keep optimism high
In the midst of teen angst we can get pretty morbid about the present climate at home. Counteract this by nurturing an optimistic outlook.
How? Fast forward to your teen’s twenties.
Trust me, they will eventually turn for home, loving your company & valuing your advice. Go there in your head now.
Switch out of trainer mode
0-6 yrs parents are benevolent dictators, 7-12 yrs trainers & then 13+ coaches.
When your kids become teens it’s game on! And you have to switch from trainer mode, controlling everything, to coach mode, releasing them into the larger world bit by bit.
Don’t overprotect. Don’t over comfort.
Don’t smother them. Release them.
Pray & often! God can do more than you so lean heavily on him thru these years.