5. They do love you, but just won’t say it much - If you're like most parents, you're going to have to wait a long time, maybe when their in their mid-twenties, before your teenage child will say "I love you" out loud, without getting embarrassed. Until then, you' will have to take a lot of abuse and possibly pain. Teens care first and foremost about themselves. However, teens share with me time and again how important their parents are and that they really do love them. Even when they complain about rules, expectations, unreasonable curfews and demands for better grades. So know that you do not have to alter your discipline styles or your role as the authority figure to earn your teenager’s love, you already have it.
Coach Randy Nathan, MSW, PCC is a professional coach who works with middle school, high school, and college-aged students, their parents and their families. Through the powerful coaching process he inspires and motivates them to overcome major challenges and transitions as well as identify relevant opportunities in their life. Coach Randy writes for numerous publications and travels throughout the country as a motivational keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. He is the creator of Operation PRIDE, The LEAP Program, Peak Performance Coaching, Career JumpStart, and Workforce 2.0 - powerful programs for millennials. For more information go to www.projectnextgen.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org.