The holidays can be a very difficult time for families. In particular, the holidays have the potential to be both emotionally charged and dissonant for families with teenagers. Here is one perspective that may help you through this time.
In my last post, we discovered some facts about the vital role of uniqueness in the self-esteem of our teenagers. We surfaced what a healthy sense of uniqueness looks like in a teenager and what behavior exists when he or she has problems feeling unique.
We have been discussing self-esteem in teenagers. To be truthful, the research (and its application) we are referring to is universal to children and adults. We have already discussed connectiveness as a component of healthy self-esteem. Another important aspect of self-esteem is uniqueness.
In my last post we discussed the varied components of building self-esteem in your teenager. The first component was to insure that they were connected. We also talked about what connectiveness looked like for a teenager.
Many emotions, physical and hormonal changes, relational crises and personal issues accompany adolescence. Often, these changes take a toll on the self-esteem of a teenager.
One of the most difficult moments as a parent or caregiver of a teenager is when he or she betrays a trust, lies, cheats, steals or violates a cherished family value. Parents often feel like they have failed as parents and can quickly give up hope that their teenager will become a person of integrity.
Parents and caregivers, are you concerned about some of the moral decisions of teenagers? It can be very scary to listen to the values and language, or witness attitudes and behaviors that characterize our teenagers. Some parents become concerned because they fail to see family values demonstrated, which they believe they have modeled and taught their to their children. […]
This is a week where we stop to give thanks for the many blessings that we are privileged to have in our lives. It is a special time of thinking through all of the good things that we possess and can celebrate.