(Inside: Teens want their parents. They don’t always say it, but their knee-jerk reactions always show it. Teens want their parents. Read on…)
Parents, your teens want you EVEN MORE than they want their phones.
I know teens can pelt angst around like the star offensive player of a dodgeball team.
When asked to unload the dishwasher the most tragic sigh can be unleashed, making you wonder if they thought you said that they needed to build a dishwasher.
As a high school teacher, I see this daily. Yes, of course, I hear the complaints about “I can’t believe my parents made-me/said/decided-to do this or that.” But their actions always tell a different story
If something happens at home that’s bothering them, they are unfocused and anxious in the classroom until they figure it out with you.
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I know this stage can be wonderful but then also excruciatingly hard. Teens can push boundaries, act unreasonably, and showcase apathy. They can walk through the doors after a long day and completely fall apart making you feel like they took everything out on you because your place is at the bottom of their totem pole.
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Cheryl is a mom of 3 boys, wife, speaker, high school teacher, and author of Empowered Moms & Kids. She has a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership and is passionate about learning and teaching. On www.empoweredmomsandkids.com you’ll find inspiration and encouragement for moms raising tweens and/or teens. Read more in the “about” section of this page.