DON’T BE NAIVE – We parents have a tendency to brag about our kids because we love ‘em and we’re proud of ‘em. But today on License to Parent, Trace Embry explains that our kids also have a dark side that many parents naively overlook.
Many of us don’t think our kids even have a dark side. But before we get too excited about our kids making the honor roll, keep in mind that 80% of today’s kids cheat. And before we get too excited about our daughter’s commitment to chastity, keep in mind that other forms of teen sex are soaring off the charts. And if we think our teenagers haven’t already seen pornography, well, we probably think they wouldn’t lie to us about it, either. Think about it: how would we handle the temptations and new moral standards if we were kids today? With this said, we might reconsider our parenting strategies.
Trace Embry is the founder and director of Shepherd’s Hill Academy, a top residential program for troubled teens. Learn more, subscribe to our podcasts, and connect via Facebook and Twitter (@licensetoparent).