Thursday, January 14, 2010

Sue Scheff: Saying 'I Love You' To Your Teenager

With Valentine's Day around the corner, many parents with elementary school children will be purchasing their unique Valentine's box cards depending on your child's interest. Whether it is Disney, Sponge Bob, Dora the Explorer or Nascar, children are easy to please for this special day.

What about a teenager? Raising teens is not the easiest job and some teenagers are extremely difficult. Valentine's Day can give a parent an opportunity to let their teen know just how much you do love them, even if they give you stress and angst at times.

  • Plan some time together. Cook their favorite meal or go to their favorite restaurant. The important thing is you are taking the time to spend it with them. What a great opportunity to open those lines of communication.
  • If they have special plans with a girlfriend or boyfriend, be sure to make a date on another night to celebrate. Let your teen know they are important to you, how much you do love them no matter what and you understand that they may want to spend Valentine's Day with their significant other, however you would like a rain check. (Make the plans as near February 14th as possible so the understand it is a special time for parents and teens too).
  • If they do have a significant other they want to take to dinner, you may want to give them a Valentine's card with a gift certificate to a restaurant for them. This way you are showing your teenager you respect their decision and also want to spend them with them after or before they have their date.
We all know it is almost impossible to buy for teens, and Valentine's Day is about expressing love - do it with your time. It is a priceless gift.

Happy Valentine's Day and make it special for your teenager and family.

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