For All of You with Teenage Boys

Ethan and I were in San Diego this past weekend. Exactly four years ago, we vacationed in San Diego as well. Ethan was 13 then and now 17. If you have a thirteen year old boy, here’s the difference that four years makes . . .

Ethan in La Jolla, CA–September, 2008.

Ethan in La Jolla, CA–September, 2012.

Over the past weekend, I thought often about how much change four years brings in the life of a child and came up with these little tips to parents of all teens (all parents, really):

  1. IT GOES SO FAST! Savor the moments; one by one.
  2. BE FULLY PRESENT FOR YOUR TEENS (they are not mini adults and still need your guidance).
  3. LISTEN WHEN THEY WANT TO TALK–even if it is 2:00 am.
  4. DON’T PUT OFF TRIPS OR OTHER SHARED EXPERIENCES.

Who knows what the next 4 years will bring.

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