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Strong Parenting Advice for Strong Teen Relationship Success

One down, two more to go. Parenting three kids is a collection of milestones of our many daily accomplishments. With a tremendous sense of achievement, I'm able to say that I've raised one of my children through the teen years, and I'm currently in the midst of parenting my second child through teen years once again. How many of us remember our teenage years? What one word would best describe you as a teen? Let's be honest, there are so many ways that life is changing and challenging our kids, as well as us, as their parents, family, and caregivers. Without a doubt, adolescence is a transitional phase for teens, we, ourselves have experienced our time coming of age. With intentional guidance, parents and teen can work together to cooperatively build a relationship. I'm excited to have had the opportunity to connect with author Connie Albers as a contributor for the newest release's launch team. Inspired, I'm sharing strong parenting advice for strong teen relationship success.

Thank you to Connie Albers, and her promotional team for the courtesy of providing an Advanced Reader Copy as a contributor to the Parenting Beyond the Rules Launch Team, for editorial content purposes. This content may contain affiliate links.

Strong Parenting Advice for Strong Teen Relationship Success

"After 30 years of parenting five children and 20 years of working with teens, Connie Albers has witnessed the negative impact of well-intentioned but misguided parenting styles, all focused on managing teens rather than guiding them. But through learning to focus on the hearts of your teens, you can avoid those pitfalls and build relationships that last beyond the transition years as you intentionally learn about, connect with, and listen to your teens. In a world filled with distractions and devices, it is possible to guide their hearts and remain the primary influence in their lives. In Parenting Beyond the Rules, you will discover how to raise a teen according to his or her strengths, talents, and personality type, as these things equip teens to manage life."

Rarely do I stray from my intentional pattern of starting a process at the beginning, however, I'll lead with my most impactful takeaway from reading Parenting Beyond The Rules- "Your teen's decisions will become a part of their story-for better or worse." (p. 156) In order for me to not spiral out of control, I had to first take a deep, cleansing breath, then give a quick prayer of gratitude or for all of the "love and light" assistance needed at the moment, finally understanding that I can only give, do and be what I am. I am not my child. My child's life is not my own life. 

Gently written, the strong parenting advice from Connie Albers is derived her personal experience nurturing five children of her own, in addition to her 20 years of experience working with teens. Helping families to gain greater understanding of parenting styles most effective based upon each child'c unique personality style. Written from a faith-based perspective, Connie Albers empower us "in discovering practical solutions for every parent trying to raise a responsible, godly teenager."

Beneficial beyond measure, Parenting Beyond the Rules available on Amazon and through most retailers, is a must read for families preparing for, or in the midst of the teen years. I'll be sure to reach up into our library to dust off my well-read and much-loved copy in another four or five years.

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