Positive Parenting—Three Ways to Make the Best of the Teen Years
- Don’t take it personally. Ah, one of the great challenges of life, right? Not taking things personally is easier said than done, but it’s also an incredibly rewarding practice. Have you ever read the book “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz? One of the “agreements” is to not take things personally. It’s so freeing when you’re able to see that other’s behavior is a projection of their own reality, and not because of you. We suffer needlessly, and far too often, because we take things personally when they’re really not about us.
- Use positive reinforcement. This one is so simple, yet we often forget how powerful it is! Really, this one thing can do wonders to help turn around negative situations. If you find yourself being critical of your kids on a regular basis, stop for a moment. And sure, you could be right—maybe they are being irresponsible jerks right now. But, is it helping matters to repeatedly tell them that? What if instead of constantly pointing out what they’re doing wrong, you began to catch them doing things right? What if you focused more and more on their positive behaviors, and gave them genuine praise?
- Strike a balance. It’s important to have boundaries and rules, but equally necessary to create a safe space for your teen, so that they know you’ll be there for them no matter what. Ideally, here’s what we recommend—make sure your teenager knows that you’ve got their back, and that you’ll always be there to help them without judgment. They should feel safe to tell you anything. However, this does not mean there shouldn’t be consequences for bad behavior.
A Note From The Staff At ‘Vegan Pregnancy and Parenting’
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