What Your Teen Needs

I am on the brink of mothering teenagers ... again. My older two children are in their twenties but my younger bunch of kiddos is currently 12 and under.

On the verge of 13 and under.

The teenage years are soon to be upon me again.

Teenagers get a bad wrap I think. People expect those years to be tumultuous and anticipate having to grit their teeth to get through that time period by the skin of their teeth. I won't lie and say that it has always been a bed of roses in my experience, but I also have absolutely loved going through that phase of parenting with my kids.

There is something special about guiding your child from childhood into adulthood and something unique about the journey from being primarily parent into parent and friend as they move into their twenties.

As I sit on the brink of teenage life "part two," I've been contemplating what I did well in "part one," what I want to do again, and what I could have done better. I hope my thoughts shared here encourage you as well as you move through the seasons of raising teenagers or look forward to that season to come.

1. Feel Sorry for Your Kid

This is a piece of information an elderly woman, a completely stranger, gave me in an elevator one day. She walked slowly inside, asked me to press her floor number and then proceeded to ask me if I had children and what their ages were.

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