How Can I Take Care of Myself — as Well as My Teen?
Taking care of yourself when you’re a busy mom is a challenge, and raising a teen is no exception. Get practical tips to take care of yourself and your teenage daughter or son.
Contributor: Pediatric psychologist, Amy Lee, PhD
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Taking care of yourself when you’re a busy mom is a challenge, and raising a teen is no exception.
First things first. You want to support yourself with good health habits that can translate into a positive role model for your teen as well as make you more patient and loving in your relationship.
Here are some ways to do this:
When it comes to your teen, practice listening with validation. This means focusing on understanding your teen’s point of view rather than convincing him or her of your point of view exclusively.
How do you do this? Try statements like: “I see what you are saying….” “Okay, I think I understand how you feel/what you think…” Restate what you heard them say, but in your own words.
If you are concerned about your relationship with your teen, don’t hesitate to seek the advice and help of a trained mental health professional.
For more on communication with kids/teens try these resources: