C. Lynn Williams, who is parenting coach, author and
mother, talked to Lon Woodbury, host of the Struggling
Teens radio program on L.A. Talk Radio, about the many
obstacles parents face when raising teenagers. She
provided lots of valuable pointers on staying sane while
C. Lynn Williams, is an author, wife and mother of four
adult children. She holds a Masters in Business
Administration, having attended Roosevelt University in
Chicago, Illinois. In addition to writing, she is an avid
reader, health enthusiast, and educator.
Universal Tips to Parenting Effectively and Staying Sane
While Parenting Teens
The hour-long interview on Internet radio covered a
number of questions on the best strategies for staying
sane while parenting teens.
Williams disclosed a lot of valuable idea that parents
could make use of to raise adolescents, including the
*Mothers and fathers should take some time off for
themselves, taking time for resting and working out in
the gym or at home to stay healthy and balanced.
*Mothers and fathers ought to stick to their own
declared intentions about consequences. When children
are on the edge of their adult years, they require some
structure and parents have to follow up on providing
declared consequences for poor behavior to
*Parents should remain parents and not try to become
the child's best friend. While it is harmless to enjoy
spending time with teens in some leisure activity,
parents should refrain from crossing the line of
acceptable and legal behavior, like, for example, drinking
with their teen.
*Parents should set an example, rather than expect their
children to follow different rules than they themselves
*Every parent should hang out with each child, spending
time to get to know them and understand their likes and
*Mothers and fathers should encourage the age-old
tradition of sharing meals with their children. This
remains one of the single most effective ways to have
enjoyable chats in a relaxed atmosphere.
*Mothers and fathers must discover the love language
of their children, and they must also try to relate to each
gender accordingly. For example, girls commonly
appreciate conversations while boys like to do things.
Williams also answered questions raised by the host
about parenting tweens, children who are between ten
and fourteen years; about when and how you can look
for expert support if necessary; about how you can take
care of children when they test your patience; and about
how parents need to establish a support network of
educators, next-door neighbors, and family members.
Her books on the theme of parenting effectively are
remarkably popular and changing the way that we look
at parenting, giving us much-needed answers on what to
do and how to do it. Parenting is not easy and hearing
words of wisdom from a seasoned parent is priceless