Most parents would like their teens to have it easier than they did growing up. But interfering with their growth and independence by solving their problems can do more harm than good. And as they become more dependent on us, they are less likely to take risks and try new things. In this episode, we discuss why you should let your teen do hard things and some of the valuable life lessons they will learn along the way.
In this episode we discuss…
- What your teen should do when they experience life challenges
- The best way to deal with problems
- What happens when you do too much for your kids
- Why you should let your teen fail
- How you can make you teen more responsible
- How to teach your teen to advocate for themselves
- How gratitude can help you through tough times
In the end, I think it comes down to trust. Trust that you’ve done your job as a parent and given your kids the tools you need to survive and thrive. And trust that they know how to handle themselves to become a responsible, independent adult. That doesn’t mean that they won’t screw up and make mistakes. But if you trust and know that they are prepared, you are more likely to relax and not want to interfere. And when they do fall, let them know that you will always be here to support them and help them get back up.
If you don’t have that trust just yet, you should check out some of the past episodes of the podcast to get some really great tips on what you can do to help you get there.