I read a post on Facebook this morning with the following quote: “Raising a teenager is like trying to nail jello to the wall.” Have you ever felt like that with your teenager? No matter how much you tell them “don’t do this, don’t do that”…. They just don’t listen? My oldest just entered his teenage years and let me tell you… he’ll do anything for attention, whether positive or negative, he wants that attention. It drives me crazy when he does things to get in trouble, just to get attention. It’s like…Calgon take me away!
One great piece of advice given by Licensed Professional Counselor, Karen DeBolt, in order to help families “feel better” is to give your kids more praise! When you notice them doing something positive, or doing a chore without being asked, let them know how much you appreciate it. They will love it and before you know it, they are more cooperative and motivated to help you out, or just stay out of trouble. I have tried this with my kids and my youngest now goes out of his way to help me because he loves the kudo/praise and reward for hard work done. Still working on my teenager, they are a challenge, but it works! Karen can assist you and your family in working on your communication skills; she is really passionate about helping others move past the chaos and into a life that is happy, healthy and whole!
Brightest of Blessings,