Good Advice for Parents – Pound the Rock

Parenting a teenager may be the hardest thing you ever do. It can sometimes seem like a thankless, hopeless endeavor. You have your dream – to help your child grow up to be a strong, independent, happy, successful adult. But most of the time, it may seem as if your best efforts aren’t working.

The next time you feel this way, remember this quote:

Stone-Cutter“When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times without as much as a crack showing in it. Yet at the hundred and first blow it will split in two, and I know it was not that blow that did it, but all that had gone before.” 

- Jacob Riis, American journalist (1849-1914)

It may be that you have to invest some time in improving your parent-teen communication skills. It may be that you have to do what you know best with no visible impact, but – like the stonecutter who pounds the rock – someday what you’re trying to do will seem to bear fruit. Very likely, this is how raising a teenager works.

Don’t give up.

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