This post is made possible with support from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication, part of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. All opinions are my own.
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I have three daughters, as you know. Katie is now 14—almost 15—Sarah is 13, and Megan is 11 going on 35! I have yet to experience a ‘bad age’ with my girls, to be honest. I am so proud of them and so impressed with who they are choosing to be. However, they are teenagers. Though I fancy myself the ‘cool mom who totally gets them,’ the truth is, I am baffled more than I want to admit. While my friends are my sounding board, for the most part, I love finding parenting help that is really relevant and easy to absorb. So when I was told about the 100-word, daily parenting tip newsletter from the Center for Parent and Teen Communication (CPTC), I had to go check them out.
In case you have not heard of them, CPTC provides science-based strategies to support healthy family relationships. Get real and reliable help with everything from helping your teenager with self-esteem and body image to puberty and communication and so much more. I have spent so much time on the site because I keep finding things that are helpful. There is even a section just for teens.
I really, really like the 100 word daily parenting newsletter and clear animations. In fact, one, Self-Interested Isn’t the Same as Selfish, was really eye-opening for me!
One daughter is a selfie queen, and I get frustrated, wondering if it is OK that she is the center of her world all the time? Or does it make her too self-absorbed and ‘selfish’? How about when she’s the star of all of her stories, or when she shows no interest in her sister’s stories?
Turns out, according to this 100-word parenting tip animated video, she is just exploring her own self-interests. This made me stop and really think. Maybe I was being too harsh asking them to redirect their attention. That was EYE-OPENING. She is getting to know who she is. And I WANT that! So, selfie away, girls!
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You will thank me!