Parenting is an act of courage. Every day there are decisions that ask you to either see the effect of that decision or succumb to the immediate relief or gratification of a decision. These decisions teach your teen something whether you are conscious in that moment or not.
These decisions are an act of courage. Here are three examples of courage:
1. You are infuriated because of something that happened with your teen. Still, you listen to be polite then you realize you heard something that makes sense. Your teen learned that you listen and that you don’t always jump to conclusions.
2. You decide to end a friendship with someone who is using you to make themselves feel better. You explain that you would rather have no friends than a friend that used and disrespected them so much. Your teen learned that friendships are important, but not more important than their sense of value. They’ll choose wisely.
3. You want to explain to your teen you had hard times too when you were young, but instead of telling a forbidding tale about your past, you explain how you felt. You describe how those emotions made you feel alone, and your teen connects with this. Your teen learns that you understand how they might feel in a situation and they are more willing to come to you next time.