Many families include a heroic teenager. News of them is often silent because they contribute out of necessity. Annie Fox, our parenting expert and author of the book, Teaching Kids To Be Good People, is here to share her advice to an overworked adolescent. First, Annie will share the teen's message and then her counsel.
This Responsible Teen Needs Help
"Our family is going through some tough times. My mom's stressed and works from 4:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. My dad needs lots of help because he has cancer. My older sisters live far away and have their own families. So I'm in charge.
"I cook, clean, and help my parents. I'm not exactly complaining, but add all that to homework! (Our teachers are really piling it on.) Please help me with a system to get stuff done fast!" -15-year-old (From page 65)
Advice from Counselor, Annie Fox
After empathizing, Annie made the following suggestions for creating a system:
1. Let your teachers know what's going on at home and ask them to ease up at this time.
2. Make a list of your daily tasks at home that must be done.
3. Add the home responsibilities to the list that need to be done a few times a week.
4. Take care of your duties to your family and your schoolwork.
5. Give yourself 30-60 minutes every day to chill out as another way to help yourself. (From pages 212-213)
I like Annie's advice because she gives this girl much needed appreciation first. Annie knows she can't lift this child's burdens, but she can help her with a practical system. Her last piece of advice, to take time for herself, helps puts a little balance in this girl's life. What do you think?
Pick up Annie Fox's book, Teaching Kids To Be Good People: Progressive Parenting For The 21st Century
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Let's APPRECIATE Annie Fox for her gift in helping teenagers with their problems. Annie knows how to be specific and positive.
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