Reacting vs. Responding

Reacting vs. Responding

Dear Parent,

One of the hardest things in the world to do is to respond to your teen as they are throwing an attitude instead of reacting to them. What’s the difference? Well, reacting is based on emotion which we all know is rampant when dealing with a teenager. We respond to the situation when we step back from the emotion and take a moment to think through what is really going on. Like I said, it’s not easy!

Parents, the secret is out. The map to your “buttons” has been published , and your teen will push them. Repeatedly. But we do our own share of pushing, don’t we? You know what makes your teenager crazy and sometimes, just sometimes, it feels really good to give them a good share of their own medicine. At least for a moment, until we realize we have done exactly what we are trying to teach them NOT to do! Two steps forward, one step back! Just keep moving forward.
Walking this journey with you,

Please take a moment to watch this video.

Your Partner in Parenting,