This is a sponsored post on behalf of Invisalign. All the tips are mine based on my 20 years of parenting and raising of two teens.
1. Get their bodies in motion. Not for weight loss, for mental health. Getting a good sweat on releases toxins, relaxes us and makes us feel happier.
2. Encourage their own unique sense of style. When we try and be like everyone else, we lose sense of self and value. Let them be them. Is pink hair really going to matter in ten years?
3. Sleep. Encourage them to get as much sleep as possible. Removing electronics (even if it’s just a few nights a week) and having them read themselves to sleep will help.
4. Have family dinners. Nothing makes us feel better than feeling connected. While they may act like they hate you, they don’t. They only think they do. They need you more than ever right now and having fun family time and silly conversation (these 750 questions will help with the silly) every night makes the world a happier and safer place.
5. Say “I Love You”. Say it every time you hang up the phone. Every time they walk out the door. Every chance you get. Tell them you love them.
6. Encourage their interests. Not the ones YOU think they should pursue. The ones THEY want to pursue. Guitar, science, sports, clothing design, whatever it is. Take an active role in asking about, understanding and encouraging their passion.
7. Hug them. I’ve got one that gives me a quick pat on the back and retreats and one that hugs me like a bear. They both love and need my hugs, they just have different styles. Don’t let their awkward teen-ness deter you. Hug those big babies up.
8. Tell them you are proud of them. You can find something daily to be proud of in your teens. It could be something big like years of hard work paying off on the sports field or weeks of studying for a final and getting an A. Or? It could be something beautifully small like carrying groceries for an elderly lady at the store. Tell them as often as possible. All the rest of the world seems to be telling them these days is work harder and do more. Tell them you are proud of them just as they are.
9. Show them empathy. Being a teenager is a lot of work. The pressure to get amazing grades, diversify your collegiate resume, emotions, hormones, first loves, peer pressure, become an adult, etc. When they complain, don’t tell them you walked uphill, both ways, barefoot in two feet of snow. Don’t be that parent. Instead take the opportunity to bond. Tell them whatever they are complaining about totally sucks some days and you remember wanting to put your fist through a wall or scream into a pillow. Let them know they aren’t alone in thinking it sucks, it’s perfectly normal to feel that way.
According to Unbrace Teen Confidence, a study done by Invisalign, 90% of teens feel judged by their peers, and 94% of teens feel the way the look affects their popularity. So while you are having the conversations about it being all about attitude, confidence and personality, remember what it’s like to be in their shoes. If your teen needs corrections made to his or her teeth, check out Invisalign. Teens wearing Invisalign Teen are 68% less likely to be teased than those wearing metal braces. We have been using it for nearly a year. His teeth look amazing and his confidence didn’t have to take a hit.
This is a sponsored post on behalf of Invisalign.