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Candid Camera … “Teen Style!”

September 20, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

Candid Camera − “Teen Style!”

Most parents mistakenly think their teenagers are so preoccupied with what’s going on in their world that they don’t care about what their parents are doing. This is not always true. Let me clue you in.

In really sucky Parent-Teen relationships … teens will “lay in wait” for their parents to Slip Up, Screw Up or do something Skuzzy, out-of-Order or out-of- Character … and then pounce on them. Most of the time, it happens after a parent has come down hard on their teen about doing something that he or she knew was wrong. A classic example would be when you catch your teenager pulling half-truths out of thin air and passing them off to you as Truth.

Wait! There’s more …

Some teens think their parents are intolerant Hard Liners. Some complain that their parents are always “coming down on them” for minor stuff. (Okay, I know there’s a difference of opinion on what “minor” is … but just go with the flow for now.) These teens say their parents treat them like Criminals before the crime! read more …

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Celebrating Parents – The Wind Beneath Teen Wings

September 17, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

Celebrating Parents – The “Wind” Beneath Teen Wings!”

In last week’s blog I wrote the following about “Teens with Dreams!”

“I believe the more we celebrate our young people … the more inspired, motivated and positively challenged they will be to believe in their Dreams and in their ability to manifest them. I also believe the “Teens with Dreams!” series will help parents function more effectively as the Wind beneath the Wings of their teenagers who have Dreams.

I want us to begin celebrating the Wind beneath the Wings of “Teens with Dreams!” So today we focus on the Parent of Danette MaKaila … Dr. Linette Montae. You will recall from last week that Danette is the 17 year-old CEO of her company.  Dr. Montae is on my radar this week because she is the Wind beneath her daughter’s Wings in creating a thriving successful business. read more …

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The “Living Large” Dreams of Teenagers! Part 2

September 8, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

The “Living Large” Dreams of Teenagers!  (Part 2)

Parenting teenagers can be overwhelming, even if you’ve got some experience under your belt. There’s a lot going on with our teens … hormonal activity as well as brain activity! So it’s not wise to judge our teens too hastily or too harshly. Instead, our goal should be to parent mindfully and patiently … for best results.

As Part 2 of the Teens with Dreams series, I promised to introduce you to Danette Makaila, the 17 year-old CEO of Danette Makaila International. Writing about Danette is both a celebration of what she’s accomplished at such a young age and what other Teens with Dreams are doing here in the U.S. and around the world.

I believe the more we celebrate our young people … the more inspired, encouraged and positively challenged they will be to believe in their Dreams and their ability to accomplish them. I also believe the Teens with Dreams series will help parents learn how they can best SUPPORT their teens as they work to accomplish their Dreams. read more …

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The “Living Large” Dreams of Teenagers! (Part 1)

September 6, 2015   

“The Parental Grapevine!”

A Cluster of Transformational Parenting Practices

  Malbec Grapes

The “Living Large” DREAMS of Teenagers!  (Part 1)

Does your teenager have a Dream? Do you know what it is?

Are you trying to get your teen to “tweak” that Dream … because YOU know it would be so much better if he or she just changed a few little things?

Are you giving instructions on how your teen should GO AFTER his or her Dream?

Do you …

STOP IT!

LEAVE YOUR TEENAGER’S DREAM ALONE!

Let’s allow our teens to “hold” the Dream in their Imagination … until it is so big and bright and beautiful … that they are compelled to chase it down and make it their own.

Let’s allow our teens to “breathe life” into their Dream … without us trying to give their Dream “mouth-to-mouth resuscitation” … because WE think they won’t do enough to keep the Dream alive. read more …

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