All posts tagged: teenagers

The New Normal: 3 Tips for Parents

Is your family crazy or normal? “Normal.” What does that even mean in the context of family? Is it normal to grow up in the church with parents who you never see argue? To have a dad who never drank and a mom who was always there?  What if normal is fathers who drink and mothers who don’t discipline their children? What if normal is divorced families or kids who are raised by grandmothers and grandfathers? There is danger in comparing your family to what’s “normal.”  Today, I believe parents struggle to raise their kids with all that is trying to win the attention of their child. Parents have to work at being the number one influence or, what I call, the determining voice in the lives of their kids. It’s overwhelming at times and parents often feel alone and, as your kid would say, “The struggle is real.” I’d like to share with you 3 things that you can do as a parent to help ensure that you are the lead influence in your child’s life. Be present. Just like our …