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Helping Your Child Build Inner Strength - How Can You Help Teens Build Inner Strength?

It often seems like teenagers never listen, but they do. That's why it's so important to remember that you are still the primary role model, even as your child grows older.

The single most important thing you can do to help your teen is to show that you love him or her no matter what.

Teenagers may be growing up, but they still need to:

  • Feel safe and loved.
  • Learn social skills.
  • Learn to handle stress.
  • Discover and develop their special talents.

Help your teen learn about important issues and be prepared for increasing responsibilities. Give teens freedom to figure things out in their own way within the boundaries you have set. Parents walk a fine line between respecting a teen's need for independence and privacy and making sure that he or she does not make serious mistakes.

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Last Updated: December 09, 2011
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