Recently a wise friend reminded me of these 2 simple words -
LOVE and LIMITS.
Two of the most important things parents can give their teens.
Love is the most obvious; and yet sometimes, it is not easy to show to our teenagers. All teens yearn for Love – even those who talk back or remind you frequently that you are stupid, and mostly, those who are rebellious and distant. They may not make it easy on you, but the Love must shine through.
Limits are difficult to give to teens: they fight Limits and yet they thrive and feel most secure when Limits are imposed. Parents many times confuse limits with punishment and are worried that they will be ‘too hard’ on their teens. I have learned from first hand experience the mistake of not giving clear limits!
Makes you think!