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How to ruin your relationship with your teenager – Part 1


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Lol that it's just part 1. 

By the way the number 1 lesson on this page is to listen.

Which is pretty much the number one lesson for any relationship advice. 

How to ruin your relationship with your teenager:

1. Don’t listen. Years ago, I heard invaluable advice, “Once your child reaches the age of 13 or 14 they know your opinion of everything under the sun. Your job from now on is to shut up and listen.” I remember feeling a bit defensive the first time I heard this counsel. I had so much knowledge yet to share! And besides, things change– how would I offer my wisdom on future problems? But there’s the crux of it all. Things change. As adults, we think we know all about the teenage world, but our swiftly moving planet has spun beyond our intimate knowledge of the 70s, 80s, 90s… And here’s what I’ve learned: when you take the time to listen, truly listen, your kids will ask your opinion.

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