A recipe for raising teenagers
1 x teenager, plus an evolving collection of assorted friends
Grace, kindness, persistence
Extra large dollops of patience, empathy and compassion.
A handful of boundary lines.
Great communication skills - just in time learning, time for different levels of talk, saying what you mean.
Parent from trust; give them credit for being able to work things out for themselves
Give them space to make mistakes; if you’re not winning you’re learning
Be their mirror and their labeller; let them develop their own inner compass
Role model with self compassion
Resit the urge to rush in and rescue
Teach them to think big.
Let them believe in themselves
Do stuff with them
Invest in family traditions
Have conversations; share dreams, ideas and wishes
Mix it all together and enjoy the process.