Teen Milestone: Self-Advocacy
Your teen feels wronged by a teacher or coach. Righting that wrong is a tough task. But this time, your teen wants to be the one who makes it right. Teens must learn to prioritize what matters to them and determine when to plead their case when forming an identity outside of their parents. Parents can help teens learn to speak with confidence and humility. To come up with solutions, and not just complaints. And to stay calm under pressure. Because effectively communicating ideas, feelings, and needs without putting adults on the defensive improves their chances of successful self-advocacy.