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How My Teen Reminded Me Kindness Matters Then and Now

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Thank you to the Center For Parent and Teen Communication for sponsoring this post. All thoughts, opinions and stories are my own. 

How My Teen Reminded Me Kindness Matters Then and Now

Then

I remember when you were little and I proudly watched as you would share with the other kids without me having to ask first. Parents would often comment on your sweet and generous nature, even when you were only a toddler.

Your empathy and kindness shined through as you used to walk up to kids on the playground and offer a snack, try to help if they were hurt or simply want to make a new friend.

I often thought to myself back then how could someone so young be so kindhearted.

Now

You are a teenager now and even though I don’t get to watch over you the way I used to, it makes my heart happy to stand back and see you hold the door for people and overuse your manners.

I love hearing feedback from teachers that you are often the person to befriend a new kid or invite a person sitting alone to join you and your friends at lunch.

Although you have changed in many ways throughout the years, it is refreshing to see your kind demeanor is still the same, even through these teenage years.

How My Teen Reminded Me Kindness Matters Then and Now

This video reminded me of just how quickly life moves, and before we know it our babies have grown into teens.

The Center for Parent and Teen Communication is a new, valuable resource for every parent navigating the teen years. You can get a feel for the kind of advice you’ll find within this post (http://bit.ly/2xJgzay) from the director, Dr. Ginsburg.

If you have a teen, please share some of your then and now memories, and help spread the word about this video and the new Center for Parent and Teen Communication.

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Mama's Mission

Thursday 11th of October 2018

This is so important and invaluable to teach when they are young. Children tend to mimic what their parents do, so kudos to you for showing and teaching him about kindness.

Vera Sweeney

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

I am living through this right now - it goes so quickly!

Clarissa

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Yes! The teenage stage is already flying by.

Lily militaryfamof8

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

What a great blessing it is to see our children make the world a better place just by being themselves ;)

Clarissa

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

Thank you for your kind words. Yes, it really is an amazing thing to see those types of traits in our kids.

Leticia Barr (@techsavvymama)

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

You should be proud of the incredible young man you've raised! Parenting isn't easy, especially when our kids reach the teenage years, so I'm so glad there are resources like CPTC that can provide trusted advice from experts!

Clarissa

Wednesday 10th of October 2018

You are right there with me in the teenage parenting stage and yes, I am so happy to have CPTC and other parents like you as a positive resource to turn to.