Roles for Parenting Teens/ The Importance of Building a Positive Relationship

Roles for Parenting Teens/ The Importance of Building a Positive Relationship

We have heard some great tips for parenting teens so far this week on Imagine Hope's blog.  Today we will review the fourth and final tip: 

4.  Build a relationship with them.  

As teens are appropriately distancing form you, they are letting go of the dependence they once had on you as their parents.  Many parents struggle with this part of parenting, even though it is a normal and healthy part of development. 

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Teaching Good Decision Making

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Teaching Good Decision Making

We are in the thick of teenage land in our home. I have to admit, many days are hard. I long for the “ease” of potty training and teaching “please and thank you”. Some days I want to ask my son, “What have you done with my baby?! Please bring him back!” I say that to be funny, but in all seriousness, It’s not for the faint of heart. Hopefully this week is helping you ease the burden and establish some roles when parenting your teen.

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Importance of Good Communication

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Importance of Good Communication

Ahhh, the teenage years. It's hard enough going through them, let alone parenting someone who is! Hopefully the roles we're identifying for parents this week will help.

2. Teach teens communication skills.

We've all heard it said that the best way to teach good behavior is to model it. Well, the same goes for communication. If you want your teen to speak "adult", then you need to model it and practice it with them.

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Teaching Responsibility

How Parenting Roles Change with Teens/ Teaching Responsibility

Parenting a teen can be an extremely stressful stage for parents. They often feel overwhelmed and sucked into the wild roller coaster ride of adolescence. This can leave a parent unsure of what a healthy role looks like.  This week Imagine Hope will help you see 4 key roles you should adopt when parenting the teens in your home.

Toxic Friendships - Saying Goodbye

Toxic Friendships - Saying Goodbye

This week, Imagine Hope is discussing 5 different tips to getting out of a toxic friendship.  If you haven't read our earlier blogs, feel free to go back and check out the first 3 tips from earlier this week! So far, we have talked about recognizing what your role is in allowing the toxic relationship to continue, we have encouraged you to talk a neutral party and to set boundaries with the relationship.  What can you do if that isn't working?

Toxic Friendships - Set Boundaries

Toxic Friendships - Set Boundaries

Friendships are the sunshine in our lives. Yes, all friendships go thru problems or struggles, but for the most part, a friendship needs to be a bright spot in your life. If it's not, and usually brings you down or causes you a lot of grief, it may be toxic. Today I am going to disucss with you how to set boundaries in the relationships. There are three steps to this.

Toxic Friendships - Seek Advice

Toxic Friendships - Seek Advice

It's hard to imagine ever having to "get out" of a friendship as you would a bad relationship. Besides, they're supposed to be your friend, right? But, sometimes we befriend people who can be unhealthy and who we need to distance ourselves. If you find yourself at this crossroads with a friend, hopefully this week's tips will help.

Toxic Friendships - Acknowledge It

Toxic Friendships - Acknowledge It

Have you ever been in a toxic friendship? Did you have the courage to "break up" with them and get out? Toxic friends often leave you feeling worse than better. They tend to cut you down rather than support you. You may feel drained, agitated, and emotionally bankrupt after time with them. They usually only take from you, and the focus is all on them.

Grief & Loss Part 4

Grief & Loss Part 4

This week we have been walking you through the stages of Grief and Loss. The next stage is very difficult but very important. Denial, anger, and bargaining have all come and gone and you are left with....sadness and depression.  This is the 4th stage in the grieving process and can be the hardest stage to move through.

Grief & Loss Part 1

Grief & Loss Part 1

You can't go through life without experiencing some sort of loss. Loss can come in varying forms, such as loss of a job, a loved one, your relationship, a friend moving away, your kids growing up, and loss of your dreams and expectations, etc. Even though you may experience pain from a loss in a different way from another person, you may go through the same stages of the grieving process.

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Joleen

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Joleen

One book that I recently read and highly recommend is "Parenting Your Out of Control Teenager:  7 Steps to Reestablish Authority and Reclaim Love" by Scott Sells.  This book offers a hands-on approach to parenting a teenager who is struggling with parental boundaries and exhibiting hurtful behavior towards themselves and others. 

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Natalie

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Natalie

The book I want to recommend is one I read 14 years ago and still refer back to as a reminder for my thoughts and as a resource for my clients when they struggle with their thinking. It is Battlefield of the MInd by Joyce Meyer

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Tamara

Great Self-Help Book Recommendation by Tamara

One of books I've found to be wonderful and full of insight is So Long, Insecurity by Beth Moore. 

Beth addresses the main issue many women struggle with internally of insecurity. However, on the outside, this insecurity comes out as defensive, critical, controlling, & indignant behavior. In this book, Beth explores & welcomes the male perspective, how the men in each of our lives want to see us