this family life episode 17: on teenagers – homework, technology and trust

this family life

This is another solo podcast from me in response to listeners who wanted to hear more on how I deal with teenagers in my home. We have nearly three teenagers, our daughter will be 13 in a few months, and I have learnt a tremendous amount about parenting teenagers over the last four years.

My key learnings have come from getting in wrong the first time around and trying to find a better way of working with my kids to resolve the issues we have. They are great teachers if we listen.

In this podcast I share:

  • What did and didn’t work with managing homework with the kids
  • How managing technology too tightly caused problems
  • While scary at times, kids need to learn to self regulate and manage themselves – I need to let go
  • The importance of keeping a relationship with your teenager

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