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.


  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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