Teens and High School: Helping Your Teen Work Through A Life-Changing Experience

When the rug is snatched from underneath teens and unexpectedly their world is upended, strength, courage and wisdom are but a few of the characteristics parents need in order to weather such times.

As much as we try to protect our teens from hurtful experiences, there are situations that occur which can turn their lives upside down.  When these difficult times come, as parents we reach deep into our souls to find the root of what anchors us.  We realize it is our strength and assurance that our child is depending on.

The answers we provide can have a calming affect in troubled times. The courage we show can bring comfort and tranquility to an unsettling situation. The wisdom we demonstrate can offer stability when their world is shaken to the core. Parents are the buffer between their teen viewing the world they live in as confusing and unfair, and experiencing the world they live in with all that is positive and promising.

Hurtful things happen — it’s a part of life. But we come through it — that’s also a part of life. Assuring your teen that there is a sunrise beyond even the darkest day, is healing. The assurance parents provide, that joy and laughter will return to their teen’s life, can make the difference between them giving up in pessimism or going on in optimism.

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Michele Dahlberg October 03, 2012 at 04:31 PM
As a parent, it is so hard to see your child hurting. I would rather be hurt myself and/or would love to just take the hurt away. It is part of life and helps shape the person they are becoming, and can make them stronger. Thank you for the encouragement to help them navigate these crazy waters.
Reginald "Rex" Henderson October 09, 2012 at 08:38 AM
i'm not sure that coddling an upset teen is actually the answer. Backmin my day, an occasional belt or the back of a hairbrush would help me find the "undertanding" that the author writes abouy.


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