I don’t normally do this on my blog, but this was such a good article that I had to: http://meredisciple.com/blog/2010/06/top-ten-mistakes-christian-parents-of-teens-make/
The gist of this person’g blog about parenting is that we’re often too distracted, too wimpy, want to be liked by our kids too much, and too hypocritical. The blog is very gentle in how it presents this information. However, it does ask us to evaluate our lives. Are we setting a good, strong example? Are we prioritizing our life in a way to helps our kids flourish (no, this doesn’t mean providing them every opportunity that exists)? Do we consciously make an effort to spend time with our teenagers? Do we over-focus on what they do wrong? Do we remember to be loving and affectionate?
Go check it out whether you’re a Christian parent or not. There are a lot of good reminders on where we can tune up our parenting in this post irregardless of your faith.
Helping teens grow and families improve connection,
Lauren Goodman, MS, MFT