As a teen, did you ever find yourself giving up parts of who you were in order to fit in and feel accepted? Would you be able to admit, or even recognize, if you were still doing that as a mom? In this phase of our lives, we aren’t always put in peer pressure situations where our values are directly questioned by others, but managing our own expectations of who we think we “should” be and comparing our family to other families creates walls that limit us.
Tawni Beardall and Erica Peterson are the co-hosts of a podcast for teens called Becoming. Tawni and Erica have become my real-life friends, and they hosted my first-ever Declutter Your Motherhood workshop. I absolutely love these ladies, and am so grateful for the work they are doing. In this episode, they point out three ways that we are a lot like the teenagers in our lives and give suggestions for how we can “overcome our inner teen”:
- Have a threshold of zero. Do what is right (and right for you) no matter how many people are doing something different.
- Do work. We resist hard work for ourselves AND for our kids. And as human beings, we truly need the blessings of work.
- Make and keep friends. Our need for close friendships does not end after high school! Prioritize it, put yourself out there, and use people’s names.
Podcast: Becoming For Teens
A Million Miles in a Thousand Years by Donald Miller
-ARIZONA, I’m coming your way! I’m teaching a Declutter Your Motherhood workshop on Saturday, September 21 with the amazing Mika Perry. Get your tickets now! All the details here: 3in30podcast.com/arizona