Navigating the Years

Helping thoughtful parents find research and experience based tips for raising teens and tweens with character and practical life skills!
Parents with teens and tweens

Parents, how can Navigating The Years help you?

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A Note to Parents of Teens and Tweens

Parenting is not for the weak!  We must be strong and humble enough to recognize how much we need to learn.

We need encouragement to maintain our boundaries and continue to love our tweens and teens enough to do the hard things.  Likewise, we need to know that it is never too late to create the boundaries and do the hard things.  We are brave parents who raise children into successful adults, rather than abdicate the responsibility to teachers, coaches, Youth leaders, etc.  (Although, these people are wonderful to have in our teens’ lives!)

Our goal is to create self-discipline within our adolescents through character development and life skills.

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Ultimately, our teens have the ability to choose, good or bad.  But, character influences the choices they make.  And, our parenting influences their character.

We are imperfect people parenting imperfect people. It is normal to feel off-balance and uncertain during the adolescent years.  Our growing children surprise us, entertain us, frustrate us, and even change us.  Sometimes, they just confound us!

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Goal of this Blog

This blog is a virtual parenting village where parents can share resources and tips for developing life skills and character traits in adolescents.  As a village, we have unique experiences, knowledge, and resources that we can contribute.  As individuals, we are experts on our own children.  Two children from the same gene pool and environment are completely different individuals.  But, we select and design strategies that support our values and help each child grow into a functioning, contributing citizen.

One way Navigating The Years will provide resources is through book recommendations.  Parenting books are as much about changing me as they are about guiding our girls.  I become a better person and more understanding parent.  This affects our daughters in two ways:

  1. I’m a better example.
  2. I respond to them better.

So parents, be strong and courageous!  And, let’s join together on this journey called parenting.

I love participation!  I strive to be a “leading learner” as I research, apply, and share ideas from experts with parenting experience and experts with degrees.  I invite you to join with me!  Your thoughts and experiences are much appreciated!

In sharing and responding, please keep in mind that one of our guiding principles is to “treat others the way you want to be treated.”  Please:

  1. Be kind.
  2. Be respectful.
  3. Be encouraging.
  4. Be helpful.

Thank you for joining us! I am grateful that you are here.


P.S.  Please note:  As I share stories on this site, I have our daughters’ permission to share the good ones.  However, they are not perfect. In general, sensitive and embarrassing stories will not be shared!  Usually, permission will be granted when they have learned from their mistakes.  But of course, I will share my mistakes in the hopes that they will benefit others.

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