So what if their response to the example in #4 is to simply NOT do the work? and they have no reaction to the consequence?
Have you seen my husband's video on Raising Boys vs. Raising Men? Here is the link:
#1 and #3 are interesting. The thought of him practicing to be a leader on his mom is something i have never heard. Can yo offer any examples? What does this look like? How will I recognize it?
#3..Picking Battles has been my biggest problem over the last few years with my 14 year old. I get into this mindset that i have to be right all the time. I think that i am afraid that if I let him be right,then he will not respect me. What do you think?
I am almost to the end of my rope. I don't know how much longer I can live in constant conflict with him.
I wish I could have read these hints before my son turned 13 but then maybe I wouldn't have believed the changes he would go through. Now at 17 I see him as the budding leader you describe, but those early teen years took me totally by surprise. My children always amaze me. Thank you for giving me a little more insight into their developmental phases.
Okay, Matt, regarding power struggles. How do you deal with a buttinski? A teen son who has to be in the middle of every discussion?
Advice appreciated :-)
So glad to see #1 up there. That has just begun in our household with our sixteen year old. Thanks for the posts; words of wisdom.
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