If You Want Your Children to Trust You When They Are Teenagers . . .

Do you want your children to trust you when they are teenagers? To talk to you? Listen to your advice?

Start now.

It’s not just about how you parent you your teens, it’s about how you parent them before they are teens!

Here are twelve principles to consider if you want to cultivate your children’s trust in you.

If you want your children to trust you when they are teenagers: 12 simple concepts to consider.

If You Want Your Children to Trust You . . . .

If you want your children to trust you when they are teenagers . . .don’t lie to them when they are younger. 

If you want your children to trust you when they are teenagers . . .be a trustworthy person.

If you want your children to trust your principles when they are teenagers . . . spend the first thirteen years of their lives living according to those principles yourself.

If You Want Your Children to Listen to You . . .

If you want your children to listen to you when they are teenagers . . .teach them how to listen while they are still children.

If you want your children to listen to your cautions when they are teenagers . . .don’t make a habit of issuing unnecessary or exaggerated cautions.

If you want your children to listen to your cautions when they are teenagers . . .  don’t hedge them about so much that they don’t have sufficient opportunity to learn (in relatively safe ways) that you are right. 

If you want your children to do what you say when they are teenagers . . . don’t spend the first thirteen years of their lives training them to follow the world. 

If you want your children to take your advice when they are teenagers . . . take good advice yourself (including your own). Show them how it’s done. 

If You Want Your Children to Talk to You

If you want your children to talk to you when they are teenagers . . .don’t spend the previous thirteen years not caring about what they have to say.

If you want your children to talk to you when they are teenagers . . .don’t spend the previous thirteen years repeating what they say to others.

If you want your children to talk to you when they are teenagers . . .don’t spend the previous thirteen years criticizing everything they say.

In short, if you want your children to trust you when they are teenagers . . .cultivate that trust, every day of  their lives.

Are you cultivating the trust of your children?

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1 comments

  1. Your parenting wisdom is spot-on. Building trust with kids begins long before their teenage years. These principles encapsulate the importance of consistent, respectful, and attentive parenting. It’s a reminder that trust grows with time and actions.

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