A Dozen Moves that Parents of Teens Need to Make

by Mark Gregston

May 11, 2020

Have you ever watched the movie “Failure to Launch” with Matthew McConaughey and Sarah Jessica Parker?  The movie centers around a 35-year-old man who has no desire to leave the comfortable nest of dependence that his parents have created for him.  But unlike McConaughey’s main character, most teenagers want to grow up and move out.  They want to take responsibility for their actions, make decisions, and they desire to be mature and in control. 

As parents, it can be tough for us to let go, but kids and teens will typically side with those who are helping them move towards independence and progress.  It’s your job to help them grow up, so you’ll want to make sure that it’s you they are turning to for help and not someone else.  We’re here to help “launch” them into the world they are going to live in, not the world in which we hope they live.  And to better help them flourish, so they don’t fail, and you don’t flop, we’ve prepared a list of twelves things you can do right now to help them survive in the “jungle”. Continue reading “A Dozen Moves that Parents of Teens Need to Make”