094: How to Help your Teen Live a Better Story

3 takeaways for how to invite your teenager into a better story, particularly if they are rebelling or struggling to know who they are

Do you have a teen who is struggling, floundering, or fighting with you constantly? If so, do you find yourself wondering how to help your teen see within themselves the hero of a truly great story?

In today’s episode, Rachel explores how to help your teen transition into a better story. She shares three takeaways from one of her all-time favorite books, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller:

  1. Trust the story that your teen wants to create.
  2. Create an opportunity for your child to live a better story.
  3. Improve your current story with your teen by embracing whimsy and adding in memorable scenes.

Please tell us in the comments your biggest “ah-hahs” and applications as you listen. We love hearing from you!

094: How to Help your Teen Live a Better Story by popular motherhood podcast, 3 in 30: image of two teenage girls sitting next to each other and smiling at one another.

Show Notes

A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller

Audiobook version here

Bob Goff’s book, Everybody Always

Download the free worksheet here.

**Sign up for my weekly email to receive a worksheet to help you figure out how to help your teen live a better story: 3in30podcast.com/takeaways.

About the Podcast Host, Rachel Nielson

Rachel taught high school English for five years before deciding to be a stay-at-home mom to her two miracle babies, Noah Atticus, who was adopted, and Sally Grace, who was conceived through IVF.

In her life, Rachel has experienced great sorrow but also great joy--and she loves diving deep into the topics that matter most. Thank you for listening to the podcast and giving her a chance to share her heart.


  1. Cherisa Bell on 08/12/2019 at 6:47 AM

    I absolutely loved this episode and am feeling inspired to change our story and to help my boys to create the story they want for themselves! Thanks!

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/12/2019 at 11:55 AM

      Thank you so much for letting me know!!

  2. Alicia on 08/15/2019 at 6:26 PM

    I’d love the worksheet, but your link takes us to the amazon reference of Bob’s book. 😬

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/25/2019 at 8:28 PM

      Thank you so much for letting me know! I fixed it. Did you get the worksheet?

  3. Erin on 08/23/2019 at 8:32 AM

    Just listened this morning and loved it. I can’t wait to read the book. I love the concept of helping your teens think of the story they are creating. So good!

    • Rachel Nielson on 08/25/2019 at 8:27 PM

      Oh I’m so glad you liked it!! Thank you for taking the time to comment!

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