A dozen ways to know your teenager is growing up…

by Rod Smith

He or she:
1. cleans his or her room
2. voluntarily gets a haircut
3. saves money
4. stops blaming everyone for anything
5. takes full responsibility for his or her decisions
6. greets you with kindness
7. stands up for himself or herself without compromising others
8. demonstrates healthy boundaries by choosing friends who are good for him or her
9. has plans for her life that stretch beyond the next few days
10. reads books and newspapers by choice
11. can engage in a meaningful discussion about world events
12. is assertive without being pushy and demanding

2 Comments to “A dozen ways to know your teenager is growing up…”

  1. I love this, Rod, though I can honestly say I’ve never known a teenager who has even 6 of the 12 qualities! Possibly by their mid twenties there may be some improvement. Nice to have ideals though.

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