There it is… the moment when you realize you no longer have a little girl or a little boy. You have a Teenager.
You’re no longer cool enough to know their secrets, to talk to about the other kids at school or even to walk together in the mall.
You are the proud parent of a moody, self cautious, confused, pubescent, brooding adolescent.
Now how does that make you feel…
More than likely, you are feeling overwhelmed, under-appreciated and at a complete loss as to how to handle the next few years of raising your kid.
First thing you need to realize is that you are not “the worst parent in the world” nor are you the only one who’s sweet, adorable child turned into a raging monster over night.
This is one-hundred percent natural.
And essential for children to break away from their parents at this age. Through this emotional break, they are learning to become well adjusted adults.
It’s your job to help them through it and help them grow into those functioning adults.
It’s your job to help them get past this phase.
For those parents that retreat from this task, you’re making it more difficult for your child to learn what being a man or being a woman is actually all about.
But, if you’re reading a blog for Dads, I doubt you’re one of those parents. So, for you, I compiled a little list of tips that may help.
I know this was just a quick list. You’ll also want to educate your kids about risks, and yes, I mean to talk to your teens about sex.
They will reject you at first but keep your door open. Keep your door open for any conversation, whether it’s about liking a boy or getting in a fight.
You should be there when your kid is ready to talk.
Oh, and let your teen feel guilty. It helps them make the right decisions in the future.
Finally, be a role model. Are you the kind of man you would want your daughter to marry?
Are you the kind of woman you would want your daughter to be?
Remember, children mimic their surroundings and, ultimately, usually end up the same kind of person as their parents.
Be the example that helps your kid be a better version of yourself.