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10 Ways to Love Your Teen Well

  • Jessie Minassian
10 Ways to Love Your Teen Well

Do you remember the day you brought your (now teenage) son or daughter home from the hospital? If it was your first child, maybe you (like me) assumed mastering feedings and getting that baby to sleep through the night would be the greatest challenges of your parenting career—maybe your whole life.

Obviously, the complex issues we face in the final years of parenting at home—the teenage years—make those early challenges look easy. What doesn’t change as they age, though, is our love for our grown children. Despite disrespect, poor choices, and/or general moodiness, deep down we still love our sons and daughters as much as the day we brought them home. We may just have to work a little harder at showing it when we receive fewer sweet, slobbery kisses and more irritated eye-rolls. Here are ten ways you can do just that.