If you follow social media at all you have probably heard of #ParentingAdviceinSix which is the best parenting advice in six words. Some of the responses were practical and others were hilarious but for the parents of teens the best hashtag has to be this from Robin Dake @robintdake “Let them fight their own battles.”
Let Them Fight Their Own Battles
Why is this so important for teenagers? Today’s young adults are struggling to assert themselves. These young adults are the first generation of the communication revolution that is social media but they have no idea how to present themselves.
The teens coming up now have an even greater reduced capacity for interpersonal communication. By teaching your teens to fight their own battles, you are giving them a gift that will last their whole life.
More Gems From Parenting Advice In Six
- @crowguye: Practice and teach, patience and compassion
- @lara229: Don’t forget to have fun today
- @topcatte: Don’t yell. They won’t listen anyway
- @DreadfullyBusy: Kids aren’t receptacles for thwarted ambitions
- @4lala: Be gentle: we all screw up
- @Lauracastaneda: Slow down and savor the ride!
- @whackamolemom: Even parents can use a time-out
- @stacyhuisman: He’s their father not their babysitter
- @Davis_Jen: They’re listening more than you realize
- @kimmccreight: Parenthood is a study in failure
- @Run_Junkie: Relax. Relax. Relax. It’ll be okay.
- @aaronsayswhat1: Divorce doesn’t mean part-time parent
- @miriamsmarket: Expect a thousand small heart attacks
All the advice is so simple, so profound and sometimes so hard to remember when you are in the thick of it. Overall, we need to lighten up while remaining tough on the things that matter.
Sometimes We Need More Than Six Words
Let’s face it… teens are not exactly the most warm and cuddly of the human species. Sometimes dealing with them takes extreme care. Sometimes everything we can do isn’t going to be enough and we really start feeling the ‘study in failure’ part more than is comfortable. Parents when you are doing all you can do don’t be afraid to ask for help: that’s my best advice.