Do you find it hard to have any credibility with your teen? Join the club. They can't yet see that we know anything worth knowing.
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 all learn best by doing and experiencing. Your home is the training ground and the safe landing spot. Sit down, shut up, and smile (the Three S's). Let them have their wins and losses.
This could be the most important contribution you make to their future success and satisfaction with life.
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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.
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