217: How to Hold a Coming-of-Age Celebration for your Teen // Jennifer Brimhall

Many years ago, when I was an editor for the website Power of Moms, an article submission came to my Inbox that struck me to the heart. At the time my children were very young–ages 1 and 4–but when I read this submission, I had a sense for the importance of my role in raising my young children to be good teenagers and then on to being good adults. It lit a fire in me to be more intentional within my motherhood and to get creative and think outside-the-box about the opportunities I created with and for my children.

 

This excerpt from the article, written by a mother named Jennifer Brimhall, really struck me: “In our quest to raise children who become contributors to the world, and to help them avoid typical teen angst and destructive behaviors, my husband and I decided this was something we wanted to implement in our family.”

Today Jennifer is on the show, teaching us all about the power of coming-of-age rituals for our teenagers and HOW we can adapt these to our busy, modern lives.

Jennifer is a mother of five children, ranging in age from 10-20 years old. She is the founder of Raise the Good, a website for parents where she curates resources to help them educate the hearts, as well as the minds, of their children. Jen is actually a returning guest of 3 in 30, and I am thrilled to have her back on the show today talking about this fascinating idea of planning coming-of-age celebrations for our children.

 

– 3 Takeaways for Hosting a Coming-of-Age Celebration-

  1. Coming-of-Age celebrations are an opportunity to formally recognize transition points in a child’s life, which is just as important for the parents as it is for the child.
  2. Coming of Age celebrations reinforce responsibility and maturity. It’s an opportunity for your child to see themselves in a new light so they can feel ownership over new levels of responsibility with accompanying privileges.
  3. Coming-of-Age celebrations build connection and bridge the generation gap for your child and the adult mentors who can guide and love them. It’s an opportunity for both the child and the mentor to feel valued and to grow closer together.

 

>>>Are these tips about a coming-of-age celebration helpful? What would you add to her takeaways? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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