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Was Parenting Really Easier Back The

This post is sponsored by the Center for Parent and Teen Communication. All opinions and blessed memories are my own.


My daughter could sit for hours in her highchairs to color if I just provided enough paper and crayons. She would smile and wave to strangers in the grocery store thus making a 15-minute trip turn into an hour of socializing with people to whom she gave a bit of sunshine. If she was hurt or needed a snuggle, I was often surprised at how much longer she stayed in my lap. Everything about her babyhood was tender and full of joy for me.


As a teen, she stayed in her room for hours at a time just to read books, including the ones she stole from my dresser when she thought I didn’t know. She remained friendly as a teen, often helping other teens or asking me for advice when her friends appeared to be stuck. That let me know how much she actually listened to me. When she’s in the mood, she’ll text me to ask if I want to join her for a classic movie marathon and, even if we don’t talk, it’s just enough to be near her.


The stories from Dr. Ginsburg here reminded me of how much care we need to be reminded to take with our teens:



If you’re at that point with raising teenagers where you need a boost, check out this piece from Dr. Ken Ginsburg from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication.  I was reminded of how necessary it was to recall those lovely days of discovery of my children when tested all the limits of their teen years. (Be encouraged! I survived and so can you!)  Need a resource guide? I’ve got you covered. The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is a new, valuable resource for every parent navigating the teens with their children. Here’s a bit of the kind of advice you can find from Dr. Ginsburg, Remember the Best in Your Child and See It In Your Teen.

If you know a parent struggling with a teen, why not pass this encouragement along to them? They could probably use it.

Do you have some favorite baby or childhood memories of your children? How has that developed into the amazing teenager you’re raising now?  




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    Yeah, all of mine were pretty easy. Of course there was the constant back pain, but I had that pre-pregnancy anyways. Even my labors weren't really that bad.

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