By: Gene Roehlkepartain, Guest Blogger
Transition and change can happen almost daily when there are teenagers in the family. Their bodies are changing, as are the ways they think about and look at the world. They are going to new schools, going through puberty, and making new friends. And on top of teens’ own changes, families go through change—a job change or loss, moving to a new home or city, the death of a grandparent, a military deployment, a divorce or split in the family, or a marriage or remarriage.
Whether positive, negative, or neutral, these changes and transitions are important opportunities and challenges. During transitions, you and your teen may be more open to trying new things and breaking old habits. They can also be times when teens are more vulnerable to negative or risky activities and behaviors. They may also experience a sense of loss and grief that need time for healing.
So, how can we as parents help our teens through these different transitions, often when we ourselves are also going through parallel changes? Here are some tips you can use to help you raise a resilient teen.
Eugene C. Roehlkepartain is Vice President of Research and Development at Search Institute, and creator of the 9 Parenting Strategies. Roehlkepartain is widely recognized as an expert in child, youth, and family development in community contexts. Particular areas of interest include family strengths, community supports for families and youth, spiritual development, service-learning, youth philanthropy, and linking youth development with financial literacy. Join Gene for a free webinar about the 9 Parenting Strategies presented by ParentFurther on Wednesday, January 30 at 12PM, CST. Learn more >>