In this episode I explain why it’s important to stop Managing your Teenager and start Mentoring them.
I have a handout that accompanies this episode and it can be downloaded from my website: 📍www.caigraham.com/understanding
Teenagers’ brains are under construction – and with this comes chaos and overwhelm.
It’s a scary time for them – when their minds are a melting pot or hormones and invariably they don’t know which way is up. It’s our responsibility as parents to hold a space for our teenagers as they get to grips with what’s going on in their heads.
This maturation carries well on into their twenties – so it’s going to save a lot of heartaches if we start adapting as soon as possible.
Whilst they are traveling through adolescence they will indeed:
✔️ Start questioning our authority
✔️ Pushing our buttons
✔️ Making questionable decisions
✔️ Struggle with their emotions and feelings
this is what independence looks like. So (like it or not) we are stuck with it!
Our children are learning how to become a young adult.
It’s what they are programmed to do – so there’s no point in trying to resist. What I suggest we do is :
- Be Patient
- Validate their Feelings
- Respect this Independence
- Consult and Collaborate
- Allow for Mistakes
- Understand that your child is an EXPERT in their own lives.
- LISTEN to their opinions and thoughts.
Supporting Parents Build a Mentally Healthier and
Happier Generation of Young People
Three Questions to Ask Your Uncommunicative Child :
All too often parents say to me :
“My child won’t speak to me”
“I know something’s not quite right – but they won’t tell me what’s wrong.”
Well, I have a resource for you. Download this FREE Resource : 📍www.caigraham.com/threequestions
It will help you reconnect with your child quickly and easily; and in a way that will not drive them to their bedroom to avoid you!
* Breathing Through BIG Emotions :
If you or your child are struggling with your emotions at the minute – then I have a great online course that introduces you to 7 different breathing exercises that a can get you out of many sticky situations :
The Course is available here :📍www.caigraham.com/breathe
* If you need to get in touch – Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
EP 11 – COVID 19 – Your Teen Knows Best
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