Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Communicating: It can be done!

When I sometimes hear young parents lamenting over the challenges of getting their toddler to eat their vegetables, I sometimes wish I could simply change places. I just don't have the heart to tell them how hard raising children could get when their cute, cuddly child might change into a snarly (teenage) porcupine. I'll let them figure that one out.

Now, I am extremely grateful for my kids, and now that I look back at our experiences over the years, I see each challenge as a gift in disguise.

One thing that parents sometimes encounter is the inability to communicate with children. We often are not pre-programmed with that gift, and our kids sometimes remind us of that; however, when an opportunity to bond with your teenage kids falls in your lap, you just can't ignore it.

I mean if your teenage daughter had a choice of doing anything with you---shopping, getting her hair done, sitting in front of the TV---and said that she wanted to spend the night in the mountains---SNOW CAMPING IN THE DEEP OF WINTER---what would you say, fathers?

There's only one thing you can say! "When do we leave?"

Grab the chance to talk with your daughter! It might not come around again, but she will certainly remember it!

How do I know? I've done it myself. An unforgettable experience to understand one another better and to communicate without all the distractions around us.

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