When your teens don’t clean up after themselves, do you close your eyes and take a deep breath because you just can’t take it?
When they talk to you in that tone of voice, do you have a hard time keeping your cool?
And do you sometimes explode because you can’t be everything to everyone all at once?
You are not alone.
The truth is, teens and tweens push boundaries. It’s normal and even healthy. They are trying to figure out how the world works, what their place is, and what is and is not expected of them.
And if we parents don’t know how to assert our own boundaries, then of course we feel small little pebbles of resentment—and sometimes even big boulders of resentment.
We feel worn out and unappreciated … and we can’t figure out what in the world we are doing wrong to be raising such entitled kids.
The next time you find yourself feeling those little pangs of resentment, try using this formula.
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