When I do workshops for parents of teenagers I see many shaking heads when I say, “it is a tough time to be a teenager!” Everyone in the audience recognizes this statement as fact. Few adults can picture growing up as a teen now. School demands are higher. It is harder to get into college. College costs add a burden. A high school diploma doesn’t help your career very much. And now, with the economic crisis, the future looks tougher still. There is only one thing tougher than being a teenager, and that is being a parent of one!
Teens are exposed to so much so early that they seem to be growing up too fast. Media-We know the risks that they may encounter but it seems that they do not. We worry for them. And the freedoms that they demand from us so early make it difficult for us to stay in control. How are we to parent our teens today? Where else can we turn?