Navigating the YearsHelping busy parents of tweens and teens find resources and practical tips they can use!
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!)We influence their character which influences their choices. Click To Tweet
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!We are imperfect people parenting imperfect people. Click To Tweet
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:
- I’m a better example.
- 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:
- Be kind.
- Be respectful.
- Be encouraging.
- 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.
They may have been the best of times, or even the worst of times. But, traveling with our teen and tween is always memorable! Some memories include the time(s) we: Stopped in a buffalo traffic jam. Urinated on bats (We wondered what the squeaky noises were in the...read more
Does your teen/tween struggle with self-esteem? Does your adolescent say, “You have to say that. You’re my mom/dad/grandparent”? Help your son or daughter develop self-esteem the right way with the following strategies. This post includes...read more
Are you looking to buy your tween or tween a gift that continues to give throughout the year? Consider one of these gifts to start a money making business! Your adolescent can work a flexible schedule while earning as much as he or she is willing to put into it. This...read more
How do you teach your teen or tween the importance of character and life skills without lecturing? Try these 11 TED Talks and turn those lectures into discussions! Some of the following talks are more entertaining than others, but all have a deeper...read more
Does your teen argue about everything? Talk back regularly? Yell at you? Does your tween roll her eyes? Sigh dramatically? Give you the silent treatment? When I was a teenager, I remember a friend and her parents screaming at each other in front of me. ...read more
This post includes affiliate links. This means that if you purchase something through my link, I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you for your support! Parents, you can be part of the solution to end bullying, selfishness, and...read more
Navigating the Years
“We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.” Thank you for your support!
Copyright © NavigatingTheYears.com, 2017. Use and/or duplication of website content is strictly prohibited. A direct link may be used, provided that full credit is given to Ashley at NavigatingTheYears.com. All rights reserved.