I am terrified of my girls growing up to be teens. Oh why wasn’t I nicer to my mom during those turbulent years?! Well, now that Mom 101 (a way fab blog) linked me up with Vanessa Van Petten, I’m not quite as scared.
This young woman is an author, entrepreneur and life trainer for teens. Vanessa watched many of her friends from high school and college destroy their lives with drugs and alcohol. She says that much of their anger stems from poor relationships with their parents. So she has dedicated her life to helping parents and teenagers mend their relationships. See why I think this girl is cool?!
As a high school senior, Vanessa wrote, “You’re Grounded,” a practical guide for parents and teens to strengthen their relationship and deal with everyday challenges from high school cliques to household chores.
On her site, I particularly enjoyed a top ten list of “Things Kids Wish Their Parents Would Do.” On the list… Have interests and hobbies other than your kids. I think this means Dylan and Summer won’t want to hang out with me forever. Damn. I better go get me some hobbies.