Raising Teens


The teenage years are a crucial time for kids. It’s a time for independence, curiosity, self-awareness, and conflict. Parents with teens often find themselves having to navigate this new developmental milestone –  with some rebellion. But teenagers are going through a world that can seem chaotic – daily peer struggles, college prep, and blossoming into an adult. Today, we are joined by Munira Ezzeldine to share valuable insights and strategies into raising teens.  She is a college and career counselor who helps young adults gain self-awareness to prepare for higher education and beyond.


As parents, we need to focus on making an emotional connection before we focus on the correction.

     -Munira Ezzeldine


In this Episode:

  • Understand the complications that come with transitioning to teenage years
  • Understand the brain development of a teenager and how their brain synthesizes information
  • The 3 major existential questions that teenagers are trying to figure out to understand themselves and develop their sense of self-awareness
  • Basic principles and high-level strategies that parents can use to communicate or build relationships with their children as they transition to teenage years
  • How constant correction affects the parent-teen relationship
  • The foundation you need to establish starting when your kids are younger ensure their teenage years are not so turbulent
  • Why teenagers tend to pushback when their parents try to call out their untoward behaviors
  • How parents can connect with their teens and still hold boundaries without taking away their “safe space” and “sense of belongingness”
  • What teenagers are seeking
  • Ways parents can build connections with their teens
  • The type of questions you need to ask your teens which supports the verbal part of connection and collaboration
  • The kind of parents and general relationships teens rebel against 
  • Know when to draw the line and set a limit to being friendly with your teens, especially at times when a hard conversation is called for 
  • Different ways Muslim teenagers are tested and how parents can differentiate between hearing them and judging them
  • How positive parenting is exercised through slowly letting go and the stage that parents need to start letting go of their children
  • Realize which battles to pick and are worth fighting for, and which battles to prioritize when it comes to dealing with your teens
  • What happens to parent relationships when the teens are not aligned with the family values
  • What discipline should look like for teenagers and how the natural consequence differs from the logical consequence approach to teen’s choices
  • How consequence is different from punishment and which course should parents take that is more effective in terms of teaching accountability and independence




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