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You were “slow to warm.” Our early childhood classes teacher told me so.
You stuck close to my side. I didn’t mind.
You figured things out slowly, methodically, on your own.
You asked for permission. And once you got it, you soared.
You went with the flow. Nothing really seemed to phase you … except, maybe, the arrival of your siblings.
You played with anyone — and everyone.
Your heart lit up rooms.
You are fierce. YOU tell me so. Actually, you SHOW me.
You fight dress codes.
You debate. Belt out jazz tunes on your saxophone. Crush tests. Get leading roles.
You take center stage.
You don’t really need permission anymore.
And you definitely still soar.
Your siblings still know how to push your buttons. But your true-blue friendship is something I hope you all carefully wrap up, place in your back pockets, and hold onto … tightly.
Your smile, your heart, and your kindness, are all exactly the same as they were way back then.
It’s never lost on me how proud I am of my teenager and how fast our time under the same roof is going! And watching this video pulled at these — and a couple more — of my heartstrings.
The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is a new resource designed for parents like you and me who are navigating the teen years. Each piece of valuable information on the site is laced with what we all know to be true:
Take a look at this post from the director, Dr. Ginsburg. I loved it and think that you will, too.
So the beautiful truth about parenting teenagers is this:
And when you view them that way — and treat them that way — you’ll feel just as lucky to parent them now as we did then.
Even if there are a few more smelly uniforms to wash today! :)
The positive side of the parenting teenagers conversation is one that I’m so very passionate about.
Join me in flipping this script by spreading this message far and wide on social media by sharing your Then & Now stories wherever you love to hang out online.
You can also check out others’ Then & Now stories via these hashtags: #ThenAndNowKids and #CPTC
Because the other thing that’s exactly same now as it was then, is that it’s so, so very important to find your tribe.
Because I’m a sucker for heartstring pulls, check out my other two almost-teens.
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AUTHOR: GALIT BREEN
Hi, I'm Galit. (*My name is pronounced guh-leet + means little waves, like in the ocean.) I give you the tools you need to let your kids benefit from the amazing things the online world has to offer them and create a popsicle dripping, chapter book reading (in one sitting!), leaf crunching childhood that they deserve. Welcome, I'm so glad you're here. What can you expect from me? I spill it all right here.