Imagine your boss asking you to train someone so well that you’d no longer be needed. What would you do? That’s an important question to answer because that’s precisely your role in the life of your child.
As your children grow older, they’ll naturally and progressively seek their own identity apart from you. That path toward independence prepares them for adulthood, but it can be painful for you. It’ll feel like they no longer need you.
Some parents react to the process of letting go by not letting go. They cling to their need to feel needed. The task of every parent is to work themselves out of a job by raising kids who can stand on their own two feet.
How do parents do that?
We have answers for you on our Focus on the Family Broadcast “Helping Your Teen Become an Adult.”
A couple of months ago, Dr. Kenneth Wilgus was a guest on our program. He specializes in adolescent behavior, and he shared some great insights about how to help your teen launch into adulthood well. At the time, we recorded a lot of extra content with him that we didn’t have time to air. We want to share more of his wisdom with you now.
Tune in to our program on your local radio station, online, on iTunes, via Podcast, or on our free phone app, or watch the full program on our YouTube channel. We’ll help you better navigate the transitional time from childhood to adulthood. Dr. Wilgus will also answer questions from moms and dads in our studio audience.
Our conversation with Dr. Wilgus was based on his book, Feeding the Mouth That Bites You: A Complete Guide to Parenting Adolescents and Launching Them into the World. I’d love to send a copy to you for a gift of any amount. It’s our way of saying thank you for supporting Focus on the Family. Give us a call at 1-800-A-FAMILY (232-6459). Or visit our website for more information.
We’ve also got a free parenting assessment for you at our website. It will quickly give you an overview of how your family is doing in several key areas and offer some suggestions on how you can improve the relationships in your home.