I had the extreme pleasure of being interviewed by the Total Tutor, Neil Haley! Also in attendance was former school teacher and author, Jake Mullikan, who brought up a huge problem that parents are having staying connected with our kids. See how I answered it …
Topic: From Girl to Woman: Teenage Tension
Many Moms & teenage daughters relationships never survive these three destructive pitfalls, I gave three simple solutions to take your relationship from crunchy to connected, remembering you don’t have to be a mom, you GET to.
Pitfall #1 The Daughter Hides: It’s easy to avoid mom, not express true feelings and escape in texting on Facebook. Solution: Weekly “Chick Time” face-to-face where it’s safe to open up: the spa, lunch, a walk in the woods … be an ask-able parent and just LISTEN.
Pitfall #2 The Mom’s Afraid: How do I teach her that her body is not at piece of meat, it’s a piece of art? Solution: Practice as a team going to the mall not being ‘beautiful’ but being beauty itself. Not needing attention to be enough is power.
Pitfall #3 The Mom’s Jealous: My daughter is getting more attention and the mom is losing the ‘it’ factor. Solution: When you’re empty, you compete, when you’re full, you praise and celebrate. Mom needs to fill up her tank, focus on what makes her feel alive, celebrate her daughter’s growth.
Link to Interview: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/totaltutor/2011/10/05/total-education-network-radio#.ToyZuV_FcUk.gmail
Link to my book: Missing Handbook to Motherhood