Parenting is hard work no matter what the age, gender or energy level of your child. For many overwhelmedparents, the teenage years seem to raise the stress to a whole new level because of the unique level of change, growth and turmoil experienced by the child (see What Happened to my Kid?).

These can be difficult years to be sure! It’s hard not to be overwhelmed! However, they can also be wonderful years of opportunity and joy.

My posts are usually filled with all kinds of suggestions and resources you can use to help your teenager mature and you become a better parent. This can feel overwhelming!

My goal is not to inundate you with all kinds of ideas that you “should” be doing. I want to help you, inspire you, and provide ideas and tools in condensed form and in one place that you can take, leave or adapt to your situation.

However, I do not want to overwhelm you. So, this week I want to invite you to relax. Just by reading this blog, you are a loving, caring parent who wants the best for your children.

Sometimes the most helpful thing you can do is to take a break, put your feet up and focus on the things that are good in your life and family.

It’s easy to fret over all the things that aren’t perfect and strategies how to make them better. It’s great to want better and work toward it!

Today, celebrate the good things!

  • What does your son or daughter say or do that brings a smile to your face?
  • What made you laugh together recently?
  • What is something you appreciate about your teenager?
  • What makes you proud to be their parent?
  • What happened in the last 24 hours that you can laugh about now?

Reflect on these good memories and moments. Let them encourage and inspire you!

Keep on keeping on! You are a good parent!