Most of you know, the lion’s share of my work for the last 20 years is centered around Teenage Life. I’ve found it to be a great service to families around the world who are searching for the best ways to raise kids in a world-changing by the day. Questions like:
How can I prepare my teenager for College?
How can I help my teenager find what they are passionate about?
How can I teach the values my family finds important?
How can I keep my student from being involved in substance abuse?
How can I help my teenager understand how to relate to a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
How can I engage in a spiritual journey with my teenager without turning them off?
I get long emails every week from parents who are trying to understand the best practices of raising teenagers in their home.
Let’s be honest: There are several resources you can purchase to help you raise students, but often they’re out of date or they don’t apply to your family. I know I’ve tried to see what others think about raising teenagers and I find the suggestions aren’t at all applicable to my teenager. The manual for raising kids just isn’t out there, at least specific to you.
So, I guess I’ll add to the fray.
This week, I’ll be writing some of the things I’ve found useful as I’ve worked with thousands of teenagers around the world. If you have specific questions, let’s let this be a discussion that can be useful to you.
If you have specific questions about how to raise students, feel free to post them here at the bottom, and I’ll try my best to make sure we cover those issues this week. If you have ways we can all learn how you have been successful raising your students, feel free to leave your story here.
Overall, I’m interested in revealing some of the things I’ve been learning so you don’t feel so alone.
If you’re anything like me, I find myself feeling like I’ve got nowhere to turn when problems come up. So I start feeling like I’m the only one trying to deal with certain parenting issues. I know it’s crazy. There are millions of families in the same position. But if we can create a place where we can know we’re all in this together, I think we can help each other find new and improved ways of raising our kids in a tough environment.
So, here we go.
This week is all about Teenage Life.