I don’t normally have deep conversations with my dogs – our “chats” up until this point had mostly been limited to instructions during training. But something about the way he was behaving that day made me ask him a real question – and to my surprise, I actually got a real answer.
Most people assume that summer vacation will be a “nice break” from the hustle-and-bustle of life, but with the transitions in our schedules, our kids and our lives it often can become a bit hectic…or a LOT hectic.
This is a time of completion, and also a time of renewal. It’s a time for closure and a time for new beginnings. It’s a time to stretch for what’s possible while shedding memories of the past. It’s also an opportunity to set up a lifelong practice of reflection and prepare for the next big adventure, you and your young adults’ future life.
I remember high school graduation as a simple celebration. We were given a cap and gown, waited for our name to be called, and then walked across a stage. Now graduation seems to be fraught with must-do’s and an over-abundance of details.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m at a loss as to what high school students should do during their summer break. However, what I do know is how to connect with parents and teens on what their values are and use that information to co-create a path to meet their goals.
Is there is a connection between talking at and/or telling people and secretiveness? What might happen if we change our orientation to what, we parents, really want (our kids to be successful) while keeping in mind what our kids want (to be seen)?
It is often difficult to identify areas of your life where you can make positive changes to create balance. Start by defining goals and then work on self-discipline, consistency, planning and how you can best focus on self-improvement.
(Most) parents want their children to grow up to be happy, healthy people, with fulfilling careers and meaningful relationships. But does that match their own, and their child’s, definition of “success?”
Few things incite fear into the hearts of parents with teenagers more than the word “sex.” Yet regardless of parental acceptance, 49% of teens ARE sexually active. And beyond the teen years, this will be a component of relationships in the lives of young adults as well.
I don’t know when I started using the word leadership. What I do know is when it did enter my vocabulary, I didn’t think to apply it to myself. Why would I? My definition of a leader was limited to those other outwardly successful people. These were people who ran businesses or were top performers in their field--those were the REAL leaders. It just didn’t register with me that I was already operating as a leader.
How often do you find yourself frustrated, banging your head against the wall and asking, “Why can’t my kid/tween/teen/young adult just do what I ask them to do… just this once?” What if I told you that instilling a sense of leadership gives young people the power, not only to make one “good” choice, but provides the framework upon which to base all their choices?