Do you wish you could be on the inside listening in on your teen's thoughts? Well, I've gotten a free pass into some of their thoughts that they wish they could share with you. Watch this video where I share with you inside information I got directly from your teen.
I had the privilege of setting up shop at the Smith County Career Day, and I asked teens to "Drop a Post It" answering 1 of these 2 Questions:
- If you could tell your parents anything, what would it be?
- If you could change 1 thing in your life, what would you change?
Here is what they said!
"I wish my parents knew how I feel."
"I wish my parents knew what I'm going through."
"I wish my parents understood the temptations I face."
"I wish my parents knew I (smoke/am depressed/love them/am trying)."
"I wish my parents knew about the bad things that have happened to me".
"I wish my parents knew how your behavior and actions affect me."
"I wish I could change how my parents treat others."
"I wish I could change how I treat others."
"I need to be nicer to people."
"I need to learn how to communicate with my parents."
When you think your teen wants nothing to do with you or shuts you out, know that this is normal. And know that they really do need you to find a way in. They want you to know them and understand what they are experiencing. A reminder for you- Think back to when you were a teen. What was that like for you? Now I am not telling you to go share those experiences with your teen, but when you are trying to connect, keep in mind what it was like for you to connect with your own parents. Have some empathy and understanding. Don't quit on them! They need us all!
P.S. Empowering Teen Girls Group (ages 13+) starts April 12th!!! I'm super psyched to get this group started! If you would like information, Click Here.