Raising good teens

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Few words strike fear into the heart of parents as much as teenager. Here are my tips. First of all, raising a teenager in a successful way, is a very front-loaded process. In Parenting for Peace, if you start off sailing somewhere. If you chart a course and you chart it correctly, you will end up where you want to be. If you follow the principles, you end up harboring, kind of, a dirty, little secret that you might night want to say in polite company, which is, "I actually enjoy my teenagers." It's kind of bizarre. Rest and be assured, you being the calm, loving authority when your child is younger, and calmly being able to say "no," in the face of a full court press. Remember, that they are internalizing that. They are going to turn around and have the capacity to say "no" in the face of a full court press of peer pressure. That is something to reassure yourself about, all those years leading up. Once they are in those teenage years, they are more fragile, neurodevelopmentally than they were when they were little. There is a whole brain growth spurt happening. They need you to be their off board brain. The area of the brain that governs the second sober thought, has gone offline for remodeling. They really need you to be their backstop. Last, but not least, they need your optimism. We tend to lay our doomsday attitude about the world on our teens, and they need to hear our optimism for the world that they are about to inherit.

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Marcy Axness, PhD

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Marcy Axness, PhD, is an early development specialist, popular international speaker, and author of Parenting for Peace: Raising the Next Generation of Peacemakers. She is a top blogger at Mothering.com and a member of their expert panel. Featured in several documentary films as an expert in adoption, prenatal development and Waldorf education, Dr. Axness has a private practice coaching parents-in-progress. She considers as one of her most important credentials that she raised two peacemakers to share with the world -- Ian and Eve, both in their 20s. 

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