In therapy I have many conversations with teens about character qualities they need to develop in order to be functional adults. While conversations are helpful, lessons are better “caught, not taught.” Mom and Dad, you are in a better position to reinforce character development than I am as your teen’s counselor.
Sometimes I have a client come through my office whose parent has an outstanding method for teaching a character trait. When I see this I can’t help but pass it on to you. Lucky for us, this one is truly simple but so effective!
This parent uses money to teach her daughter self-control and self-discipline. She thinks she’s simply creating good money habits in her daughter, but it actually does so much more than that. Check it out:
Helping teens grow and families improve connection,
Lauren Goodman, MS, MFT