The teen years are a time when, developmentally, we challenge social and organizational constructs (and often our parents) in an effort to gain independence. Teens often try on many different hats, expressing strong opinions about topics (even if you feel they have little life experience to understand their deeply felt views).
Our current environment is rife with political, social, and civil divides. This is impacting both teens and adults, as they consider their personal beliefs, as well as the beliefs of their families and social circles as they converse (and possibly disagree) with loved ones. It is okay to have different “opinions” or “belief systems.” It is not okay to belittle loved ones, regardless of age.
This month, I take on the topic of “Creating Space For Differing Opinions In Your Home,” where I share important ground rules for debate when you and your teen (or other family members) don’t see eye to eye.