Parents listen up!

THIS WEEKS LEADERSHIP INSIGHT
What got you here, isn’t going to get you THERE.

 

In just 24 hours, I’ll officially be a parent of a teen: Levi turns 13 tomorrow.

I’ve been reflecting so much as we come upon this milestone. All the obvious “where did the time go? How am I old enough to be a Mama of a teenager? Oh my goodness, I have 5 years left to refine this young man so he can fly….”

And, in full transparency, my relationship with my oldest is the one that challenges me the most.

Here’s the truth: what got me here as a parent, is NOT going to get me through the next 13 years.

He’s become incredibly independent. He doesn’t want my help.

He’s all about being with John, his Dad. He doesn’t want me to hang with him.

One moment he’s smiling, being silly, the next minute he’s moody and answers in one word quips:  “Yes. Fine. Ok.”  My old ways of poking fun or giving him a big hug to snap him out of a funk are so circa 2010.


I’ve found myself stumbling the last couple of months as I navigate the new waters because I’m craving a deeper connection with him.

Parenting is a little bit like when I had ACL surgery. Everybody has advice, and while I know people mean well, it’s not a one size fits all solution.

But for me, I know that if I want different results, I have to show up differently. How I have parented for the last 13 years isn’t (completely) how I need to parent for this next phase.

I’m finding my teen requires more acceptance and compassion from me.
AND The more that I can do that in my relationship with myself, the more I’m able to accept and have compassion for him.

So I ask you to consider…

 

 

What is your teen craving from you? & Can you also be more of that quality with yourself? 

I have a hunch that whatever quality your teen is seeking (patience, compassion, trust, joy, etc.) that way of being is a muscle that you need to also stretch towards yourself.

It probably isn’t the way you’re used to relating to them, and yet remember what I said earlier? What got you here, isn’t what will get you…there.

 

You’ve got this,

XX,

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