Teens

Parenting teens requires different techniques than parenting younger children. Read these articles for tips on how to navigate your family through the teen years intact.

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Reasons Being a Teenager is Harder Than It Was in Our Day

I have always been a fan of Saturday Night Live. One of my favorite eras of SNL was the late 80's and early 90's. Dana Carvey had so many memorable characters and catchphrases. There was a character he did called Grumpy Old Man who would complain about progress and lament about how easy things are today. He'd spout off: "Today everyone's spoiled rotten. When I was a boy, we didn't have these video games. We made up our own games like chew the bark off the tree. You and your friends would find a nice oak tree and you'd start chewing the skin off of it. And there were no winners. Everyone was a loser. It rotted your teeth and left your intestines scarred and knotted. And that's the way that it was and we liked it. We loved it!" It's easy to look at today's generation of teenagers and say they are babied, oversensitive, and have a sense of entitlement. In some ways that criticism is accurate, but when I see a viral video of a Jeff Daniels character calling late adolescents, "The worst period. Generation period. Ever period." I think it's time to stop for a reality check. If I were given the choice between being a teenager now or thirty years ago, I'd take thirty years ago any day of the week. Young people growing up today have challenges more difficult to navigate; these challenges would be more difficult for anyone---let alone a teenager who hasn't figured out who they are yet. They are living in a world that is completely different than the one we grew up in and we can't rely on our own teenage experience to guide them effectively. We need to their unique struggles. When we understand their world, we will have a deeper influence. Here are 3 reasons being a teenager is harder today than it was in our day. . . .

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