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"Hiring a Mentor for Your Teen: A Sign of Good Parenting, Not Inadequacy"

As parents, we always strive to do what is best for our children, and we often face challenges that test our abilities and patience. One of the most common concerns among parents is whether they are "good enough" to support their child's growth and development. Let me tell you, mommas and papas, this thought does not go away as your kids grow; it only gets stronger, at least for me, it does. So I keep thinking, "did I miss the boat? Is it too late?' Raising five kids is not easy!

In this context, some parents may wonder if hiring a mentor for their teenager is a sign of failure or inadequacy. I wish mentoring had been more prevalent when my older kids were growing up. We would hire private football trainers and coaches, but I never once thought about a mentor.

In this article, we will explore the benefits of mentoring and how it reflects positively on parents who choose this route for their children.

First and foremost, it is important to acknowledge that no parent is perfect. We all have strengths and weaknesses, and recognizing when we need help shows maturity and wisdom. As your child grows into a teenager, their needs change, and they may require guidance in areas where you may need more expertise.

Hiring a mentor for your teen is not an admission of failure but a testament to your dedication to their success.

Here are a few reasons why hiring a mentor for your teenager can be a positive parenting decision:

  1. Expanding your teen's support network: By bringing a mentor into your teen's life, you create a more diverse support system to guide different perspectives, enriching your teen's experiences and offering alternative viewpoints to help them navigate life's challenges.

  2. Encouraging independence: It's natural for parents to want to be involved in every aspect of their children's lives. However, teenagers must learn to make decisions and solve problems independently as they age. A mentor can provide a safe space for your teen to explore their thoughts and feelings without the pressure of parental expectations.

  3. Fostering new skills and interests: Mentors often have expertise in specific areas that can inspire your teen to explore new passions or develop existing talents. This can lead to improved self-confidence, a sense of accomplishment, and a greater understanding of their own abilities.

  4. Reinforcing positive values: A mentor can serve as a role model for your teen, demonstrating the importance of hard work, resilience, and responsibility. By witnessing these qualities in action, your teenager will be more likely to internalize and apply these values.

  5. Strengthening the parent-child relationship: By allowing a mentor to assist with your teen's development, you can focus on maintaining a strong emotional bond with your child. This can lead to more open communication, greater trust, and a deeper understanding of one another.

In conclusion, hiring a mentor for your teenager is not a sign that you need to be a better parent. Rather, it indicates that you are committed to supporting your teen's growth and are willing to seek additional resources to ensure their success. In addition, you are demonstrating the true essence of good parenting by providing your child with the tools and guidance they need.

Written by: Suzi Freeman, Teen/Pre-Teen Mentor, Mother of Five (28, 26, 24 & 11-year-old-twins, Grandma to a 2-year-old). &

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