7. They listen to their teen’s opinion. Sometimes we as parents are so intent on making sure our teens understand our family values, we do all the talking and forget to listen to what they have to say. This is huge! Let them feel like they have a voice in your home. We’ve found that when teenagers don’t feel like their parents “hear” them, they go elsewhere to be heard. Unfortunately, many of us have seen teens find listeners in the wrong crowd – and sometimes the consequences are great. Join the countless awesome parents we know, and become a listener!
8. They teach them media discernment. Why can’t they watch that movie? Why is that music off limits? Why aren’t they allowed to go to that website? Remember that your teens will very possibly leave home within the next 7 years for school, marriage, etc. What will they do when they are suddenly “free”? When they are allowed to choose the media they intake, will they choose wisely? Teach your teens WHY you have the rules you do. Let them study it. Encourage them to research the negative effects on things such as violent video games. Help them to own the same convictions you do for themselves.
Be sure and check back tomorrow for our last two Habits of Highly Successful Parents of Teens!