This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own
Quick Parenting Tip:
Spot Teen Strengths
As a parent of four, including a teenager and young adult, the Center for Parent and Teen Communication has been an extremely helpful resource the last few years. One thing CPTC provides is science-based strategies to support healthy family relationships.
If you are looking for advice to help you navigate parenting teens, CPTC can guide you through all the challenges you may encounter. I highly recommend their 100-word, daily parenting tip newsletter as it has become something I look forward to in my inbox each day, especially as I’m in the thick of it with my 15-year-old son.
Spot Teen Strengths is my favorite animation, and it really hit home. It made me realize I don’t point out enough of the good in my teens. I’ve been too focused on correcting behavior and giving constant reminders, and not recognizing and spotting my teen’s strengths.
After watching this animation, I’ve decided to set a daily goal of spotting the strengths of each of my kids. Starting each day with breakfast and a compliment sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Hopefully, this change to my parenting will open up more communication between me and my teen son.
Now it’s your turn! Check out all six animations and let me know your favorite!