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What Does your Teenager Need from You?

The teenage stage is an awkward time for kids.  They begin to separate from their parents and assert themselves.  People expect more from them.  They want to be grown-up, but developmentally they are still immature.  They aren’t sure who they are yet and are still learning self-regulation.   During this time teens can be irrational and for parents it can seem like walking on eggshells to keep them from exploding.

female StudentHere are some tips to help your teen navigate this stage:

  1. Provide them a safe place to figure themselves out.
  2. Give them boundaries.  Though they seem like they don’t want them, they do.  Boundaries = security.
  3. Give them freedom, but remind them with freedom comes responsibility.
  4. Offer them a listening ear without judgment.
  5. Sense of humor. Laugh with your teen.
  6. Hugs.  Though your teen may pull away from you….hug them as much as possible.  They may act like they don’t want anything to do with you, but they do.
  7. Genuine interest.  Express a genuine interest in what your teen has to say to keep the line of communication open.
  8. Forgiveness.  Teens will make bad choices, it’s a given. You will need to forgive them but give consequences.
  9. Direction.  They need you to guide them.
  10. Encouragement.  Be your teen’s greatest fan.
  11. Set an example.  Model the kind of person you want your teen to become.
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Autism vs. Awesome-ism©
By Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh, Co-founder & Executive Director of Brock’s Academy, Woodinville, WA

>What if we decided to just open our minds and see things from a wider, more diverse perspective?

>What if we didn't easily label and categorize people that we perceive to be different than us?

>What if we learned to think about people and differences as not right or wrong, but just different gifts?

>What if we fully believed and accepted that there is, and always has been, neurodiversity (i.e. cognitive differences) in the world?

>What if we accepted that neurodiversity is a brilliant achievement of Mother Nature?

>What if we entered each day believing each one of us is uniquely created and here to serve a higher purpose?

>What if we believed our job is to support one another in achieving that higher purpose?

>What if our differences are here to teach us appreciation, compassion, acceptance and to challenge us to stay open to all?

>What would that be like? # # #

Ryan, a 14-year old autistic student, writes:
>Meet me where I am.
>Stop trying to fix me. I don’t try to fix you.
>See my gifts, talents and strengths, not things you think I should have; see the “me” I was born with.
>Learn from me. Sit with me. Try to see the world from my perspective.
>Love me unconditionally and find ways to support me in what I came here to contribute to the world.
>Appreciate me.
>Just because I am experiencing the world in a different way than you are doesn’t mean it’s wrong, so stop judging me.
>I am me and I am beautiful.
>I am happy and I am whole. # # #

Copyright 2017—Dr. Melodee Loshbaugh
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