Does your teen know everything and you know nothing? Join the club, you’re in good company.
That's because they're on a quest to figure everything out for themselves. You can't possibly understand what they're going through... so they say.
And I say, let them. This is their time for exploration, self-discovery, mistakes and problem-solving. We are all experiential learners. Your home is the training ground and the safe landing spot.
Sit down, shut up, and smile (the 3 S’s). Let them have their wins and losses.
This could be the most important step you take to help them ‘adult’ - to prepare for life on their own.
Fern Weis is a certified life coach who learned that caring and good intentions are not enough in parenting. In fact, they are often the problem! Fern supports parents of teens and young adults who are going through difficult situations, including addiction recovery. She helps parents release guilt, end enabling and confidently prepare their children to thrive through life's challenges. Her articles are featured in Thrive Global, Medium, Motherly, The Teen Mentor, and Bergen County Moms.
Learn more about coaching and classes at www.fernweis.com. And then download your free guide, "Five Powerful Steps to Get Your Teen to Talk." For information on Family Recovery programs, visit www.familyrecoverypartners.com.