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Ten Things Your Teen Wants You to Know (But May Not Tell You)

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10 Things Your Teen Wants You to Know (But May Not Tell You)

1. Please don’t give me everything I want. Saying no shows me you care. I appreciate guidelines.

2. Don’t treat me as if I were a little kid. Even though you know what’s "right", I need to discover some things for myself.

3. Respect my need for privacy. Often I need to be alone to sort things out and daydream.

4. Never say, "In my day‚Ķ". That’s an immediate turn off. Besides, the pressures and responsibilities of my world are more complicated than they were when you were my age.

5. I don’t pick your clothes; please don’t criticize mine. We can disagree and still respect each other’s choices.

6. Refrain from always rescuing me; I learn most from my mistakes. Hold me accountable for the decisions I make in life; it’s the only way I’ll learn to be responsible.

7. Be brave enough to share your disappointments, thoughts and feelings with me. (By the way, I’m never too old to be told I’m loved.)

8. Don’t talk in volumes. I’ve had years of good instruction; now trust me with the wisdom you have shared.

9. I respect you when you apologize for a thoughtless deed or word on your part. It proves that neither of us is perfect.

10. Set a good example for me as God intended you to do. I pay more attention to your actions than your words.

– Dr. Kevin Leman

Author: TxNaturalPediatrics

By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives. In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.

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