Denver Therapist Tom Giles:Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree

This time in your child’s life perhaps will require more strength, determination and commitment than any other time in your life. You’ll need support.
Dec. 2, 2012 - PRLog -- Most of us have heard at least one of the jokes.

“Raising teenagers is like nailing Jello to a tree.”

“Teenagers: Tired of being harassed by your parents? Act Now! Move out, get a job, pay your own way, while you still know everything!”

“Grandchildren are the reward for surviving your child’s adolescence.”

They’re funny because they have the ring of familiarity and the hint of truth. But for parents and teenagers caught in the throes of this tumultuous period of growth and change, it can be difficult to find the humor.

Parents grieve the loss of their sweet, loving children who couldn’t wait to tell Mom and Dad every detail of their days at school or activities with friends. They don’t know how to approach the morose stranger who only wants to be left alone in her room, except when she wants a ride to the mall. Or whether their simple questions about the day, an expression of interest and idgew affection, will be met with insults and rage.

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