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Why is it valuable to make teens feel older?


Recently I listened to fellow educator Bill Jennings, from Time and Space talk to parents about raising adolescents. (Bill assists parents to have great one-on-one conversations with their adolescent sons.) When asked about the impact of having a real one-on-one conversation with his dad a fifteen-year-old boy said: “I feel older!” That’s an incredible insight from a fifteen-year-old. I know kids always want to feel older. Increased rights come with age. You can stay up later. You can go out more often. You become less answerable to your parents. You have more FREEDOM. That’s the good part. The challenging part is that with MORE FREEDOM comes MORE RESPONSIBILITY That’s what growing up is about. Freedom is easy. That’s the child part. Responsibility is scary. That’s the adult part. It’s really scary when you have ...(sign-up as a member to continue reading this article)


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