(PRWEB) July 11, 2012
Reality star, Dina Eastwood, Clint Eastwood’s wife, experiences the power of Stepping into Her Teen’s Reality with the guidance of teen/parent mentor and author, Debra Beck.
On July 15th's episode of Mrs. Eastwood and Company, Dina Eastwood’s 15 year old daughter, Morgan, asks her mother to avoid going by a group of kids that she knows when they were driving through a gas station, but Dina disregarded Morgan’s request, not thinking it was a big deal.
“Sometimes your kids are going to ask you to do things that you find silly. Apparently, this was a big deal for Morgan, for both social and emotional reasons, which was why she made a point of asking her mother to not drive past them,” says Beck.
During this episode, Beck helps Dina realize the importance of understanding and empathizing with Morgan’s feelings surrounding this situation.
According to Beck, “As a parent, you just need to step into your teen’s reality without requiring an explanation of why it is a big deal to them. Even if you don’t get it, you honor it. This is how parents build trust. When your kids ask you to do or not do something that seems insignificant, you honor it and try to step into their feelings at that moment. It’s not about why it’s such a big deal to them; it just is!”
“This can be hard because during the teenage years, a lot of situations seem to be huge and blown out of proportion. Remember, it’s not your situation to judge. It is your job to have compassion and be supportive and understanding. When you step into their reality, they feel understood, heard, and safe, and when they feel this way, they will stay open with you. If you think their requests are ridiculous, they feel judged, and that ultimately is what makes a teen shut down.”
Beck believes that to teach teens to honor others’ feelings, their feelings must also be honored, especially by their parents.
Debra Beck is the author of My Feet Aren’t Ugly: A Girl’s Guide to Loving Herself from the Inside Out, the founder of Empowered Teens & Parents, an organization that provides help, support, and encouragement for teen girls and parents, is a devoted mentor, sought-after presenter, and leading expert on the issues facing teen girls and parenting. She lives in Sedona, Arizona. Debra is available for interviews upon request, as well as speaking engagements. http://www.empoweredteensandparents.com
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