Teens are typically trying to figure out who they are, their values, how they want others to see them. None of us are perfect and most of us are a work in progress throughout our lives. However, parents have great influence over the foundation of character development. How do we help set the foundation for character development? How do we help our kids grow into caring, honest and respectful young adults. How do we help teens navigate the world of social media, drugs and alcohol, good decision making, healthy living and more? How do we instill a sense of responsibility and integrity? What does it take to raise kids who are kind? How can parents, educators and coaches work together to help teens in their character development?
Kids start to navigate the world of dating, and develop more independent relationships with friends, teachers, and coaches. Teens also begin to challenge their parents, question authority, and identify hypocrisy. How can parents develop healthy relationships with their teen? How can we better approach conflict, friends, social media, and dating? How do we teach kids to be good friends, solve problems, and demonstrate forgiveness? All of these interpersonal skills are essential to successful adult relationships.
Parents have so many decisions to make when it comes to setting boundaries and finding balance. Do I let them date at 15? Can they attend that concert with friends? How much freedom do I allow them? When do I step in? Are they doing too many activities? How much screen time should I allow? Should they get a job? How much junk food? What do I do if I find out they are making poor choices? When do I intervene? When do I let natural consequences occur? I have watched and helped numerous parents navigate these things and walked them through helpful common sense solutions to creating balance and setting boundaries.
Success in school and activities depends on parental support and involvement. However, look at recent news items to see how many times parents step over the boundaries and interfere in an unhealthy way. It has become a problem in our culture that doesn’t just impact teachers, coaches, schools and programs, but it is very detrimental to our kids. I can share my experiences as a parent, as a teacher, as a counselor and as a coach about the negative impact over involved parents have on their children’s progress, success, and continued participation. Want to see kids succeed in school and have healthy activity involvement, I can give you the tools to help.