Feb 14, 2018
In this 4th Episode of Power Your Life Today
Season 3: #ParentingPower, I was able to discuss with my parents
the nature of raising Teenagers and the complexities that come with
this age group.
Topics we explored together:
- Where the phrase "the aliens sucked their brains out" came from
and how my parents felt about raising not just 7 teenagers, but
MANY others as well (cousins, "adoptees,' etc.).
- How teenagers make decisions based on emotion, not logic and
- The time my parents surprised me on my birthday at the high
school and how I felt at the time vs. now
- Ways that Dad was able to interact with us kids even while
being a working dad
- The traditions our family had, and how this helped with bonding
and connection, even during chaotic teenage years.
- How to handle when your teenager is acting out and
experimenting with things that make you upset.
- The art of apologizing to teenage children, seeking to
understand and validate, and properly communicate without jumping
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In this episode, I gained a greater
appreciation for the difficulty it was for my parents to raise us
kids. As a child, I wanted to make my parents proud of me. I knew
what they taught.
Though I never rebelled as a teenager, there
were some difficult phone calls home later as an "adult child." I
am sure that my other siblings also experienced the difficulty of
reporting something difficult to our parents, but receiving the
outpouring of love that we did. I can't imagine what that was like
for my parents and have a greater level of appreciation for the
heavy burden us kids may have been on them.
They are incredible people to be as resilient
as they are!
I also am inspired by how much their faith
has been an anchor for their marriage, parenting, and continued
trust in God during difficult times.
Favorite quote from Mom in this
"If you want to be able to deal with your teenagers, they have
to know they matter to you and not that they're a 'pain in the
Favorite quote from Dad in this
"I always did love you guys. That never changed. And you kids