This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. All opinions are my own.
Parenting a teenager is kind of like trying to put together a piece of Ikea furniture. You know lots of people have accomplished it but you find yourself sitting on the floor, surrounded by chaos and probably weeping.
Yes, there is going to be crying. Yes, it’s more challenging than you thought. But by the end you have raised a confident, successful adult (or you have a slightly wobbly dresser). Either way, success!
The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is a great resource when you’re pretty positive you have no idea what your doing.
Like this article from Dr. Ken Ginsburg. He writes about an exercise where you remember the things you loved about your child during their younger years and you see how those same attributes are still present in the teen years. As Ginsburg says, “They are the little boys and girls you have always loved, now growing into young men and women. The path may occasionally be bumpy, but they remain as you have known them to be.”
Ginsburg seems smart so I try it…
THEN: My daughter Dylan at 4.
NOW: Dylan at 14.
She is brave and strong. She is the first to raise her hand in class and strongly argue her opinion. She know her true compass and she follows it. She is passionate about the rights of kids. She believes young people need to speak up and be heard. She tells me that one day she will be a Supreme Court Justice or a Pediatric Surgeon. Or maybe both. Why would she ever limit herself? She still loves art and being messy. Life is too short to spend one’s life cleaning instead of creating.