When I was a kid, I religiously watched the A-Team.
What a great show. I didn’t even care that every episode had the same storyline. The A-Team would get hired for a mission, something went wrong during the mission, the A-Team built some massively destructive weapon out of junkyard scraps, and then they would go destroy the enemy to save the day.
The best part of the A-Team TV show was at the end when Hannibal, the leader of the group, would deliver his famous closing line. He would bask in the glow of victory by lighting his cigar, flashing a smile, and saying, “I love it when a plan comes together.”
I am dreaming that you will end your parenting journey with your teenager saying the same thing.
The problem is that your plan can’t come together if you don’t have one.
Here are 4 Reasons to Make a Plan for the Teenage Years…
- Time is Running Out- I know you don’t want to hear it, but each day that goes by will not be replaced. In order to make sure it counts you should be intentional and create a plan for the remaining years your teenager has before graduation.
- You Don’t Want To Miss The Good Stuff- There are some really important lessons that you should give to your Teenager during these years. It’s the kind of stuff that can really equip them to live a healthy life as an adult. When you make a plan you can systematically work through the most important truths you want to pass along.
- You Can Plan Fun- Sometimes the best part of a vacation is planning the vacation. There is something about anticipating a good time. When you think through and plan special experiences you want to share with your teenager before they graduate you can create a similar anticipation.
- No Regrets- When you are watching your teenager cross that stage to get their high school diploma you want know in that moment that you did everything you could to prepare them for life. No parent is perfect, but when you make a plan you can feel great in that moment knowing you did your best as a parent.
Do you need help Making A Plan? My current online course, The 7 Bridge Builders to the Heart of Your Teenager begins with a whole bunch of great content that walks you through the process and does a bunch of the work for you.
If you want to try it out you can get the first month for $1 by going here.
HERE IS MY QUESTION FOR YOU:
What is the one lesson you must teach your teenager or one shared experience that you just have to include in your plan for the teenage years?
Let’s work together to create a great list that will help other parent’s in their planning.
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