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What Do Teens Need From Their Parents

By October 9, 2008

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I found an excellent article today by Dr. Brian Orr. It is part of a series that has five parts completed. It speaks to what teens are facing today and what they need from us to succeed my favorite topic! Here is a quote:

Teens need a "chaperoned freedom". They need responsible adults around but need their space at the same time. They need to be respected for this horrible process that they need to go through. They also need to be respected for their skills. They need rules and guidance. They need really good examples both in society and at home. They need adults who are true to their adult selves so the teens can be inspired to be true to their teen selves. With this guidance, teens may ultimately achieve the security, confidence and ability to meld all these expectations and identities into one solid true self they will have "found themselves".

Take a look at the article and tell me what you think in our comments area.

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September 10, 2008 at 9:53 am
(1) Cindy H says:

I liked the 10 steps parents can use. I was trying to find the first four articles to the series. He seems well rounded in his attitude on teens and parenting.

September 12, 2008 at 3:13 am
(2) jay says:

I agree with the article fully, my only concern being that there seems to be a lack of respect coming from my own teenagers lately. Not understanding how much I have on my plate and being quite demanding. So its hard in the sense that they don’t recognise how much I do do for them.

October 9, 2008 at 12:39 pm
(3) cbr says:

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