Set to soar

As a parent of a teenager you might find yourself shaking your head in bewilderment. How did those tender years etched with love, laughter and tears, those first tentative baby steps, first days at school and first play dates pass by in a heartbeat?

Your once sprightly pre-schooler has grown and is longing to spread their wings, to experience freedom, to make their own choices and their own decisions in a world you know will bring them both joy and heartache. As a parent you want to protect your child from all of life’s hurts and letting them go isn’t easy.

Alex Urbina, author of The Inspirational Parent: The Magical Ingredients for Effective Parenting, says conscious parenting is key if you have a teenage child. “Conscious parenting is not about being perfect; it’s about being aware. Aware of what your kids need from you to reach more of their full potential.” So how do you go about determining your child’s needs, in order to be a conscious parent? Listening to your teen is a good place to start.

Listen up

The art of listening is never more important than when talking to your teenager. Dr Kimberley O’Brien, a child psychologist from Quirky

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