The Importance of Listening to Your Teen Complain

  • Kerri 

It is important to listen to your teenager complain. But this can be hard to do for 2 reasons:

  1. It’s super annoying
  2. It seems like a waste of time

But teenagers need to complain. And you are positioned to be their best listener. We might feel scared about listening to our teen complain if doing so makes us feel like we are a crappy parent. Sometimes we want reassurance about the wonderful job we are doing, and a whining kid does not offer that.

And if you’re like me, you were told by your parents that complaining doesn’t do anything so there is no point to it. Pretty much useless, right? Wrong. Take a look at the video:

Being a parent of a teenager sort of puts us in the position of having to regularly take out their emotional trash. But maybe it’s better than changing diapers? Let me know what you think in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “The Importance of Listening to Your Teen Complain”

  1. Great video Kerri! So nice to ‘see’ you!! Thanks for the perspective and the insight – I have some time to go yet (she’s 5 but already an expert at complaining at times!!) but I won’t get stuck at the ‘annoyed’ stage anymore : ) Take care and much love.

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