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“Your children are not your children. They are sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you. And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the make upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness. For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He also loves the bow that is stable.” ― Kahlil Gibran

Tips for parenting teens

​ Before I start – this is not really tips for parenting teens. It’s more something to think about when you find yourself wondering why teenagers behave so weirdly most of the time. I guess the question this really poses is – when do children stop being children? That’s important because it governs what we we expect from then and…

Are teenagers that bad?

​“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers There are parents who really do see all the great stuff about teenagers. I just love the article below by Lisa Pullen Kent in The Huffington Post. After all – there really are…

Social skills and teens

Welcome to the first post ever in Teenage Parenting Tips. This article by Daisy Yuas in Scientific American really grabbed my attention because, I have to admit, I have occasionally used some of the same “psychologically controlling tactics” to try and get compliance from my own teenage children. I don’t think I did it all that often because I pretty…