Note: This is part 1 of a 3 part series on morality in teens – introduction & explanation can be found here.
We want to be independent. Or rather, we think we want to be independent. But in reality, none of us wants true independence – we want others to depend upon us, and we want others to be there for us to depend upon. Though we have this romanticized view of independence, we don’t really want that.
And neither do teens. More than us, probably, they want to feel a part of something – they want to know they’re not going it alone.
More than teens realize, and more than adults know – teens need us. And I don’t mean that we are needed for our money or housing or food or clothing. I’m talking about being that reliable, safe, trustworthy, accountable, old-steady, even-steven sort of partner for a teen.
Teens need at least one adult they can rely upon and trust.