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