Because I've been counseling teens for the past 15+ years, I've had lots of conversations with friends who are afraid for when their children become adolescents.
For a majority of teens and their families, the difficulties that arise in the teen years are not new. What's new is the intensity and potential danger of the consequences.
NOW: Expecting mom to bring homework that was forgotten at home
BECOMES: Entitlement about mom calling the high school to get them out of detention.
NOW: Talking back to dad now
BECOMES: Yelling disrespectfully at his boss and getting fired.
NOW: Assuming things don't apply to them because they are "a good kid"
BECOMES: Getting into a car with a buzzed friend and assuming they will make it home safely.
So what can you do now to make the teen years smoother?
To use a medical metaphor, the sooner a person is diagnosed, the better the outcome of their treatment.
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