"Once a young woman asked me, 'How does it feel to be a man?'" - Hafiz
Can one gender really understand another? Can a mother help a son grow up into a strong and principled man? Can a dad boost the confidence level of a preteen or a teen girl? My answers: Yes, Yes, and Yes.
We may not be able to understand 100% of what it feels like to be the opposite gender. We cannot know the true experiences of anyone - except for ourselves. Yet we can have profound influences on our kids - of both genders - even in the teen years.
There's no way to outwardly measure it yet everything we do is observed by and somehow influences the people around us. What you do says a lot to your teen. You model how interact with the opposite sex. You model how to take care of your body, your finances, and your relationships.
Understanding your teen is important. Because you are an adult, often you can know a lot more about what your teen is going through than they do, if you do your homework. What would that homework entail? Find out what sort of issue today's teens and preteens face. Talk openly about social relationships, dating, and growing up. Provide experiences for your teen to try new things in a safe environment. Teach your teen how to manage money. Teach her/him how to resolve conflict. Help him/her understand the complex issues teens face today.
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