Archive for January, 2009

New Year’s Resolution: “Grow” with your Teen

January 5, 2009

Grow with Your Teen and Teach Values:

According to research, teens say that the beliefs, values, and actions of their parents or close adults sink in.  These are the values teens come back to as they grow and develop. 

As you and your teen grow together, here are some values you can demonstrate to them:

1.  Love them no matter what and let them know it.

2. When your teens mess up, teach them how to do better next time.

3. Tell your kids what’s good about them – and tell them often.

4. Give teens opportunities to earn your trust and build trust with them.

5. Show your teens that you respect them and that you respect yourself.

6. Help teens belong by becoming involved in your community.

7. You don’t have to raise teens by yourself.  Ask for help if you need it!

8. Don’t give up.  It takes time to build solid relationships with teenagers.

9. Keep your sense of humor.  Being able to laugh together and make mistakes really builds a family. 

Every teen deserves to be included, encouraged and to experience unconditional love.  Enjoy your teen and remember what is important in their life and in your own.

 

Source: University of Minnesota Extension Service