Read Superintendent David Larson’s earlier community columns.
More than anything, a parent’s ultimate desire on graduation day is that their son or daughter’s future path will lead them to be a balanced individual who will thrive, both personally and professionally – and, put simply, be happy.
Unfortunately, much of a parent’s attention during their teen’s high school years is centered on goals that can cause anxiety and stress. Striving to achieve a certain grade-point average, feeling pressure to be in certain activities, being admitted into “the right” colleges, etc. can contribute to unhappiness.
Summer provides an ideal time for parents to regroup, center on and model those attributes and dispositions that contribute to greater happiness and contentment.
Research findings reveal that, while life’s circumstances outside of our control have an impact, a large portion of happiness is determined by one’s habits, attitude and outlook on life. And those habits and attitudes are shaped by the individuals we spend the most time with – our family.
Let’s look at those key happiness attitudes and dispositions that parents can reinforce:
Realize that your teen probably pays attention to 1% of what you say, but they notice 100% of what you do. Model positive behaviors.
The good news is that the teenage years are an ideal time to mold and shape teens’ attitudes, habits, dispositions and outlook. It’s important to remember that family life should focus on what is best for your child, not on your child being the best at everything.
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