Every parent dreads hearing the words, "Mom I'm in love" from a teenager but what happens if these words come out of the mouth of a tweener? Then what? What do you do save for scream in fear and start plotting the death of the apple of the eye of your child?
Thankfully, I was given the chance to discuss this on air with the TV program Rise and Shine and we had a pretty lively discussion. So to those who missed it, here are some tips that I have for you.
1. Communicate. I know its hard and you're tempted to just tell them what to do and how to feel but we must learn to respect how they are feeling and understand it.
2. Be open. Its going to take everything you have in you but you need to be more open because times have changed and if your kid does not feel they can tell you things and that they have to hide things from you, it may escalate to something worse.
3. Guide. Yes, the outside world is treacherous and there are way too many evil influences for comfort but as a parent, you can only do so much and with the little that you can do, GUIDE. Show them what is right and what is wrong, help them understand the repercussions and do not just dictate.
4. Pray. At the end of the day, all we can really do is pray.