I am watching you! This is what your teen thinks to themselves as they go out and practice being an adult the way they think it should be done. They are armed with thoughts of how you are in your marriage and like some high heels that are too high to walk in when you’re only six they see if they can do it either like you can or try and do it better.
They don’t have much to work with. They don’t have as much brain power as you did when you first met your spouse or baby’s daddy or whoever and so they make the mistakes possibly more dramatically. If you aren’t someone who can be honest about the personal faults that went into selecting your mate you can’t help them rethink their decisions.
The other problem is…
Your partner is the role model for whom they will seek in a relationship. This can be a good thing sometimes and other times this can be a huge downer. If you’re honest about your relationship then you can gently offer insight that allows your teen to make better choices or at least challenge their choices in romantic partnerships.
They’ve been watching so you can preach that “do as I say not as I do” all day, but it all comes down to