*This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.
Parenting a teenager is hard, and ensuring your kid is a thriving teen is even harder. It takes a lot of patience, understanding, and—most definitely—communication. And as parents, we need all the support we can get when it comes to navigating the teen years. The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is a resource that provides parents with the knowledge and skills they need to help their teen thrive. And you can sign up for their newsletter to get great parenting tips sent straight to your inbox.
My favorite resource they provide is a set of one-minute videos with quick, effective advice. The video that stood out to me is “Self-interested Teens” because I have a 15-year-old son that loves to spend hours admiring himself in the mirror. He poses, raps, acts out interactions, and winks at himself. And my initial reaction to this hobby was to roll my eyes and worry that he may be a bit too self-absorbed. But the video helped me understand that he is developing self-identity, self-worth, and self-love. And that is definitely a good thing.
If you are parenting a teenager, I promise it is worth your while to check out The Center For Parent and Teen Communication’s series of one-minute parenting videos. I learned something from each one of these videos and I am curious to know which one is your favorite.