Communicating with teens
Was it easier to be a parent years ago?
This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. All opinions, thoughts, and memories are my own.
I remember when you used to stand next to me, on a step stool, and help me make dinner. You watched and learned each recipe and jumped in to help when you could. Nothing stood in your way as you started to make lasagna all by yourself when you were one and a half. You loved to take out the ingredients from the refrigerator and make a snack for your brothers. My best assistant and happy helper not ever realizing that you were the youngest. Capable and strong and loving to work in the kitchen with me.
You’re older and so capable now. Your brothers are all more than 6 feet tall but they still like you to take care of them. You make them snacks and ask if you can get them something to eat. When we shop together, you always try to choose things they like to eat. Our family has named you the cruise director because you enjoy organizing family game nights with themed dinners. Your skills in the kitchen have improved tremendously and now you can make amazing dinners for all of us to enjoy. I can see the pride in your eyes as you serve your recipes to us. Watching you grow into a beautiful young lady makes me so proud to be your Mom.
Young children grow up so fast, and communicating with teens is so hard. Take a minute to watch this video, it might make you cry a bit:
I would also like to share with you this article from Dr. Ken Ginsburg from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. This video will remind you of all the little things you loved about your child’s younger years. The teen years also have many wonderful moments and qualities that are sometimes harder to see. Parents need all the help they can get on their journey through the first 18 years. The Center for Parent and Teen Communications is an excellent new resource guide to help you navigate these difficult years.
What are your favorite memories from when your teen or grown child was young? What amazing accomplishments can you share?