Colorado (PRWEB) April 1, 2005
The recent Minnesota school shootings are a wake up call for all of us. ItÂs clear that no amount of metal detectors can substitute for good parenting. The best security is to reconnect with kids, open the communication flow, and develop empathy. Barbara McRae, MCC and founder of Teen Frontier International helps parents recognize what preventive action they can take right now.
"Parent-teen relationships are suffering. The answer to finding effective ways to keep our children safe, doesnÂt lie in turning schools into fortresses; the solution resides in breaking down the walls to create intimacy, not indifference," urges parent-teen coach Barbara McRae.
Overwhelming evidence points to the fact that risky behavior (teen violence, binge drinking, or suicide) is minimized when thereÂs a strong bond between parent and child. The questions below help parents know whether they are contributing to teen destruction.
1. After a talk with your teen, do you feel a greater distance between you?
2. Do you sound like a drill-sergeant?
3. Do you rarely make private 1:1 time available for each child?
4. Does your teen resist hearing your views?
5. Are you tired of feeling frustrated and avoid talking to your teen?
6. Is it difficult for you to be respectful of your teenÂs views when you donÂt agree?
If we desire a better future and want this next generation to break the cycle of violence and self-destruction, then we need to take time to love and honor our children. In celebration of the nationÂs second annual Love Our Children Day (April 2, 2005), during the month of April, Teen Frontier International is offering moms and dads the opportunity to get their most burning questions answered on how to raise respectful and contributing adults. Concerned parents and caring adults are invited to post questions at http://www.teenfrontier.com/askbarbaramcrae.htm.
Teen Frontier International, a division of EnhancedLife Coaching, LLC, strengthens parent-teen relationships and has positively impacted the lives of thousands of individuals, both adults and kids. Our mission is to reconnect teens, parents, and communities.
Teen Frontier International
(719) 475-7524 (CO)
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