“Mummy, are you an astrologer?” my teen daughter asked.


“How do you unchangingly know what’s going to happen in the future?”

My daughter revealed how something I’d casually said a few months ago turned true. She laughed it off then. But today, I saw in her a newfound respect for my wits and wisdom. 

This was such a relief, as parenting can be a nightmare during the turbulent younger phase. But it wasn’t like this always. You’re not unchangingly seen as the go-to-person for your teenager. In fact, I plane wondered if I’d wilt a dinosaur in my teenager’s life. 

Some days can be increasingly trying than others. No one warned me that parenting a teenager would make me eat the unobtrusive pie. 

Parenting’s been largely a walkover until my daughter entered her teen years. When you’re raising a teenager, you’re raising a rebel and my daughter’s no exception. This unsated me initially, as I unchangingly thought I could focus on my career largest as the kids grew up.

Sure, my teen didn’t want me virtually as much as she did earlier. She liked the privacy in her room, and the visitor of her friends, music, books, and movies. But she came to me whenever she was hungry and wanted good food. 

She seemed self-sustaining at the outset. But independence does not unchangingly equate to being responsible, and that was the problem. 

Or was it?

She’s a responsible child, a trait which helps her bag leadership positions in her school. But as she entered youth and started fighting for her freedom, I saw lark and wildness tingle in, too. I told her how with self-rule and power comes greater responsibility. 

But it soon struck me that telling an younger isn’t enough. 

Raise Your Teens Like A Fictional Writer

Like in fiction, parenting an younger is all well-nigh “show-and-tell”. You lose all rights to tell if you don’t show it in your life. A skilled fiction writer knows how and when to use both to maximum effect.

Earlier, you could get yonder with preaching to your child and not practising it in real life. It’s like love in the initial stages where the lovers are blind. Similarly, your child is smitten and veiling to your ways. But teenagers are natural bullshit detectors. 

Besides, we’re the ones who set the narrative. It’s not our teenager who’s distracted or irresponsible. It’s us. We, parents, are the problem, and it’s time we stop the vituperation game and take peccancy for our words and actions. The underlying message we’re sending our teenagers with our unaccountable parenting is:  

We don’t believe in you unbearable to tell you the truth. And we don’t trust you considering we can’t trust ourselves. 

Our children don’t come with prejudices and biases. They’re way increasingly honest and wiser than we, adults.

Parenting is a humbling wits in a good way. I needed to transpiration myself. And that tabbed for regular soul-searching and stuff honest with myself. 

Being An Accountable Parent And Peccancy Partner

So, what does that squint like? Here’s a glimpse.

Set The Example: If I want to wean my teenager from excessive social-media use, I have to go on a digital nutrition first. Only when I reduce my time spent on social media and use it judiciously can I have the talk with my teen well-nigh the effects of excessive social media consumption on one’s health.

Collaborate: If I want my teen to develop the reading habit, I have to read regularly surpassing advocating its joys and benefits. This initiative is working wonders, as we now have a home typesetting club, where we’re urgently recommending each other splendid books.

Be An Inclusive Listener: If I want my teenager to listen to me, I have to listen to and understand her first. It seems obvious and simple, and it’s probably why it’s so overlooked. Listening is the key to largest liaison and relationships. I remember the times my daughter would come to me eagerly to show me an interesting post, video or song that she discovered. And considering I couldn’t relate to the new generation’s tastes, I would go when to what I was doing. I was such a vibe-killer. I’m now unshut to her tastes and worldview. But, I shoehorn it was an wayfarer wits for me at the start with the new-age lingo such as ‘sus’ (suspicious) and ‘yeet’ (throw something forcibly). But thanks to her, I discovered some wonderful books, songs, shows and movies which I would have never had on my own. Some of my teen’s recommendations which I loved are Verity by Colleen Hoover, I Can’t Stop Me by Twice, True Beauty, a Korean TV Show, and more. The simple resolve to listen increasingly is what made her reciprocate and listen to me as well. The weightier part is that listening to each other has opened up honest and difficult conversations, including sex. As parents, we need to alimony having all kinds of conversations, expressly the taboo ones, regularly so our teens don’t end up getting their information from questionable sources. Yes, there’ve been differences in opinions, but it’s taught us both to have a healthy debate and see things from each other’s perspective. 

Seek Eyeful In You: If I want my teen to invest in herself, I have to love myself. As mothers, we put others whilom ourselves. Certainly, we don’t want to teach our daughters to neglect themselves. I deserve to pour water and love into myself. I have to show that I am trappy the way I am. That ways not talking well-nigh how fat or thin I squint and embracing soul positivity. I need to make that time to pamper myself with things that bring joy to me. It can midpoint a relaxing bath, reading, writing, walking, exercising, listening to music, going to the eyeful parlour, or meeting friends.

These things and a lot increasingly are weightier shown, withal with honest and empathetic conversations with our teenagers.

So, parenting a teenager is increasingly well-nigh parenting yourself to be the weightier version of yourself. Not to compete with anyone or to prove a point, but to live fully, love well and be grateful for it.

Parenting Is Like A Video Game

Parenting a teenager is unreceptive to moving to the next level of a video game. It’s increasingly challenging but moreover increasingly exciting. Yes, the falls are harder, but so are the jumps—higher. 

What I’ve discovered is that our teenagers need us as much, if not more, than they did when they were toddlers. I don’t think a child will never overly not need their parents. At forty years, I’m still the child who’ll unchangingly need her parents.

So, while my teen is rented exploring her freedom, and ultimatum her rightful space, I know that she’ll unchangingly turn to me whenever she wants a shoulder to cry on, a light to show her the way, or simply a comforting meal that tastes like love. To be the role-model, mentor, and vise our teens long for, that’s humbling and empowering.

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