New York Times Essay Presents One View Of Raising Teenagers, InspireConversation.com Pens Editorial Response

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InspireConversation.com is a site designed to help deepen the bonds between parents and teenagers, and to help parents raise thoughtful, kind, ethical children through meaningful family discussion. In an unprinted response to a recent New York Times Magazine article, the site offers its view of the “Mother of All Blessings and Experiences”, as well as advice on how to better connect your family.

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In an effort to dispel the notion that families must resign themselves to flawed relationships, and to offer hope to other parents, InspireConversation.com has shared their unpublished letter on its own site.

InspireConversation.com was very discouraged to read a recent New York Times Magazine article entitled “Raising Teenagers: The Mother of All Problems” (March 19, 2015). InspireConversation.com believes that the article painted a bleak picture of raising teens, and many of the comments to the article supported that view. The Times did not print the editorial response submitted by the site, but rather issued a follow up (Re: The Mother of All Problems - April 3, 2015) that seemed to reinforce a very negative stance on raising teenagers.

InspireConversation.com is a site founded by Psychiatrist Naomi Greenblatt, her husband Jason Greenblatt, and their six children. The site aims to share their view that raising teens (and children generally) is a meaningful and rewarding process, and that it need not be a fight to raise thoughtful, kind children with strong values. Three members of the founding family are 16 year old triplets, and can speak with experience that a home need not be a battleground, and that deep bonds between parents and their teens can exist without strife. The site aims to develop positive relationships between parents and teens, and to emphasize that families can (and must) push for better, rather than settle for less.

In an effort to dispel the notion that families must resign themselves to flawed relationships, and to offer hope to other parents, InspireConversation.com has shared their unpublished letter on its own site. The piece “The Mother of All Blessings and Experiences” is meant to share a view that the founding family of the site believes a majority of parents have, that raising their teens is a joy and that children are not to be avoided, but treasures to be cherished. The editorial response aims to offer an alternate voice on parenting, and assert a view that was virtually absent from the New York Times article and the comments about raising teenagers.

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