As we advance in age we often quickly forget the struggles we encountered as teens. Although many of us vowed decades ago not to become just like our parents, somehow fate caused us to embrace exactly what we once despised. Now with children of our own, their behavior appears foreign and we panic. Instead of conquering our desire to be our children’s role models and their best friends, we find ourselves struggling to maintain a solid influence in their lives. Sound familiar?
Back tracking the steps that led to my rebellion as a youth and dealing with my own teenage children, I was able to discover some viable parenting tips to sustain my parental influence and block the wiles of adverse peer pressure. The key to my success has been fostering my children’s desire to be successful and independent.
Think about it. Many of us couldn’t wait to turn of age so we no longer had to listen to our parents and could explore life on our own. Our kids are no differ