MFP 110: Teens and Drama

High emotions and the advent of adolescence seem to go hand in hand.  Instead of getting caught up into our children’s emotion and the drama that may ensue, parents need to truly be “the adult in the room” and be an example of how to deal with strong feelings in a appropriate way.  To do this, we parents need to be self-aware and conscious of our own woundedness and need for healing. Only then can we be an example to our children and a source of hope sending the message that they CAN overcome.  We need to empathize with our child and empower them to master their emotions while using their intellect and will to act, thus integrating all their faculties to act virtuously. It’s hard for parents to teach pre-teens and teens how to handle drama, but this is the job of hard-working, devoted parents!

Further reading from Brene Brown “Daring Greatly”

Teaching your child self-control

Raising confident kids who aren’t full of themselves

Discipling and Disciplining Our Teenagers