Have you made the commitment to stay engaged in your relationship with your teen, even when the going gets tough?
Part of staying engaged means your teenager has room to make mistakes without losing his relationship with you or suffering condemnation. It allows room for growth and change, for both of you. It encourages and looks for something good in every situation, no matter how desperate. It is marked with kindness and tenderness. It listens well and doesn’t criticize, even when you are tired or discouraged. It displays strength when needed, and intervenes when necessary. And it builds significance and security through a relationship that will never end, thereby communicating a better way to live.
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