A Note From The Santa Monica Teen & Family Therapist
Conscious parenting requires pausing to evaluate whether your words or actions are truly necessary, or helpful. – Sandra
Encouraging your teen should never include a demeaning or threatening word, nor cause them to lose their dignity or self-respect. Your encouragement should inspire and uplift them, and guide them towards a path of hope and possibility.
When teens act out, disobey, behave rudely or display disturbing emotions, it’s easy to dismiss their behavior as “bad” or “wrong.” It’s helpful to see these behaviors as your teen’s best attempt to meet their needs. It is an invitation for you look at your relationship with your teen, and try to discover the source of their unmet need.
Although it can be exhausting to cope with the challenges and demands typical of this period, parents need to deal with their teen’s mis-behavior in a straightforward way that affirms the dignity and power of both parent and the adolescent. The parent who cannot tolerate their teen expressing their autonomy (wanting to do things independently) will make their child feel as though the price of their budding independence is the loss of their parent’s love.
Respectful parenting means being able to see the frustrations your teen encounters when pushing against your boundaries as opportunities for them to learn self-control and respect for others.
If your teen is struggling socially or emotionally, I can help you to discover the cause and remedy it.
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