In a world where disagreement reigns supreme, finding total agreement is virtually impossible. Difficult as it is, I found it. Whether from Jackson, Mississippi or Jakarta, mothers and fathers the world over agree on one thing: they want to raise teens of character and connection.
As many of us have heard by now, men and women come from different planets; Mars and Venus, respectively. This insight has opened the door to a new world of understanding and connection. Men and women think, speak and act differently. Embracing this fact clears the way for fewer bumps and faster solutions, not to mention far better relationships.
How does a teen who can’t remember his lunch money or his homework and rarely makes his bed become an adult who creates the kind of life that brings him meaning, purpose… and joy? Does he just magically stumble into the keys to life in high school, or college?
Co-authored by Dennis Charles, professional mentor and amazing father of five
You’re busy with work and life, we know. But put it down for a minute. Stop what you’re doing, close your computer, and put attention on your teen. We all know that teens want to be more independent and to move away from their parents, but at the same time they know dad will be there for them. Always!
In this world of working parents and video games, in some families, teens can go through childhood and adolescence without a real sense of responsibility. They’re occupied, but not prepared for a successful life. Having responsibility for things that matter and that contribute to the welfare of others is part of a teen’s preparation for the future.
After all my years working with teens and their families, I’m convinced that raising healthy, happy kids depends on two words: Yes and No
In my practice working with families and teens, I’m on a continual quest to find out what values best prepare teens to become healthy, well-adjusted adults. Last week, I had an incredible opportunity to talk with Mike Trout and his mom, Debbie, to learn a little bit about what Mike’s parents did to raise him to be the successful, down-to-earth adult he is today
Jim Collins took the business world by storm with Good to Great, the bestselling book that showed organizations how to reach beyond average levels of success and instead strive for greatness. I believe it’s time we took the same approach with our kids. We all want them to be healthy and happy, but what if that’s not enough? What if setting the expectation to get good grades and find a good job is cutting short their potential? What if, instead, we could raise our kids to be great.
Teens need meaning in their lives. They search for purpose, value, and fulfillment. Existing day-to-day and week-to-week isn’t enough; they hunger for more than daily routines and obligations. When they find nothing to fill those voids, they’re sometimes at risk for exploring treacherous ground with lost people
It seems you can’t look, listen, or feel for sixty seconds without seeing, hearing, or bumping into the word. It’s always and it’s everywhere, popping onto the covers of countless magazines, serving as the subject of countless books, and springing from the lips of countless teachers and speakers. It’s the focus of adulthood and the goal of adolescence
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