Got 5 Minutes for a Better Relationship?

Would you be willing to trade 5 minutes of your time and attention, every day, in exchange for a better relationship with your teen?

I want to teach you how to improve your relationship with your teen by simply taking 5 minutes to reflect on the things that you like most about your teen.

Get bonus points if you write down three things about your teen that you are grateful for.

These can be small, specific things or broader characteristics. The key is to focus on the positive aspects of your teen and your relationship with them.

How to Do It:

  1. Find a quiet moment during your day (morning, afternoon, or evening).
    • Bonus points if you can do this 3 times a day (morning, afternoon, AND evening).
  2. Take a deep breath and clear your mind.
  3. Practice shifting your attention from things you don’t like to things you DO like.
  4. Write down three things you appreciate about your teen. This could be their sense of humor, a kind act they did, or even their resilience in facing challenges.
  5. Reflect on these points and feel the gratitude genuinely.

Why This Habit is Impactful:

  • Shifts Your Focus to Positivity: This habit helps shift your focus from the negative behaviors or challenges that you’re experiencing with your teen to the positive aspects of your teen, which will change the overall tone of your interactions and reduce conflict.
  • Improves Your Parenting Mindset: Practicing gratitude has been shown to increase overall happiness and reduce stress. By starting or ending the day with a positive reflection, you will feel more positive and empowered.
  • Improve Your Parent/Teen Relationship: When you consistently acknowledge and appreciate your teen’s positive qualities, it will lead to better feelings and better communication. Teens pick up changes like this, which will reduce their defensiveness and improve their behavior.
  • Promotes Self-Reflection: This habit encourages you to reflect on your own feelings and thoughts, fostering a deeper understanding of your relationship with your teen and your own emotional responses.

Most Parents Miss This

Most parents miss this because they focus on problem-solving or they focus on controlling their teen’s behavior, hoping it will improve their relationship with their teen.

If you’re like most parents, this focus is keeping you stuck.

Fortunately, shifting to a simple, positive reflection practice of gratitude, though it might seem overly simple and counterintuitive, is extremely effective.

Gratitude changes your narrative from “What’s going wrong?” to “What’s going right?”, which will be a powerful catalyst for change in your relationship with your teen.

By adopting this daily gratitude reflection habit, you will develop a more positive outlook, build a stronger emotional connection with your teen, and greatly improve your parenting in just a few minutes each day.

Step 1 – Go take the parent trap quiz!

It’s free, easy, and will take you less than 3 minutes.

Step 2 – Use your quiz results to focus your energy on growing in the area indicated by your quiz results.

Step 3- Come work with me to help you up level your parenting!

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