Raising Kids in America

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Talking to Teens

My oldest is a very inteligent and people person. She just loves people. She has been through hell and back with a mental illness that has driven a wedge inbetween the family but we are past it. She is okay and back with us for the most part. Teens are never one hundred percent with you. That is a fact of life and as a parent you have to deal with it.

I talked with my oldest daughter out on the deck tonight. Her friend was in crisis earlier in the day and she told me how she talked her down out the situation. I was so proud. She has grown up so much and changed so much in the span of one year that I was dumbfounded. Our oldest is diagnosed with Bi-Polar and extreme other issues and she has spent must of the last year in a locked facility. The people there helped her so much to learn how to deal with her life long issues that she reaches out to others to help them. One year ago we were one breath away from a casket and funeral and today we have our baby back.

If you ever want to talk to your kid, just do it. Take the time, make the time and just do it. The teen years are very impressionable and you need to make sure that you have a say in what they do in life. Even if you think your kid isn't listening to what you have to say then you just need to say it and put it out there. Kids need to know that their parents care. Hell I'm still listening to my older friends and relatives to see how I could do better for my own family. It's all about direction and choice.

Teenagers are tough. They own the world or think they do. But they still take in some of what you say as a Mom or a Dad. Time will only tell if what you said registered.



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