Learning how to behave like a mature responsible adult is hard work. The transition from child to adult is fraught with opportunities for foibles and failures, missteps and misunderstandings. As parents, it’s our job to guide our teens through this turbulent time so they can learn from their mistakes and grow in wisdom. We have an enormous emotional investment in our children, so it’s terribly easy to get bent out of shape quickly when they make poor choices or foolish decisions. But really, we know that flying off the handle doesn’t improve the situation or enhance the relationship. So the next time you find yourself dealing with a sticky situation caused by your not-quite-an-adult-yet offspring, try giving your teen these six things instead of an earful of your own emotional reaction. Continue reading >>>
Elizabeth is a military spouse, veteran, and mother of eight. Above and beyond caring for her family, her mission is to offer words that sustain weary moms and to empower and equip them to live and parent with purpose.