Who do you seek out for advice over a cup of coffee?  How did you decide to ask that person for his or her opinion?  Usually, we decide based on the results we see in that person’s life.

Although our tweens, teens, and young adults make their own choices, I have no doubt that there is a correlation between who their parents are and who they’ve become.

In this section, experienced parents share their thoughts on parenting!  The content is edited for clarity, but the opinions and voices are their own and do not necessarily represent the opinions of this site.

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Experienced Parent Tips

Meet Kayla, a mom of three young adults ages 26, 23, and 19.

Parenting Tips

  1. If you put them on restriction, stick with it even when it’s tough on you.
  2. Know your children’s friends and their parents.
  3. Communicate with other parents.
  4. If they won’t be friends with you on Facebook, don’t let them have an account. Remember, YOU are in control!
  5. Limit cell phone usage.  Take their phones at night so that they can get a good night’s sleep.
  6. Be consistent.
  7. Make sure they know that they can talk to you about anything.
  8. Offer advice on practical things such as finances and relationships.
  9. Encourage your kids to find their niche whether it’s sports, band, yearbook, etc.
  10. Hold your kids accountable for their actions and their chores.

Lessons from My Parents

Raise your children in church and get them involved in a great youth group.

Teach them respect and manners

Games to play with tweens/teens

  1. Yahtzee
  2. Scrabble
  3. Apples to Apples
  4. Uno
  5. Rummy

Movies to Watch with Teens/Tweens

  1. *Blind Side
  2. *Facing the Giants
  3. *Remember the Titans
  4. Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (recommended for older teens as there are some “sensitive” topics)
  5. Anything Disney

My Do-Over List

  1. Make time for family Bible study time.
  2. Try not to rush things.  Enjoy each stage, even the difficult ones.
  3. Don’t sweat the small stuff – especially the mess!
  4. Don’t buy so many toys – they outgrow them so fast and it’s a waste of money.  And sometimes they like the wet wipe box just as much!  (Ha, Ha, Ha)

Jobs My Children Had in High School

  1. My oldest daughter worked at a preschool, a clothing boutique, was a nanny and babysat a lot!
  2. My middle daughter worked at a preschool and babysat.
  3. My youngest son worked at Firehouse Subs.

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