Building Connection With Teens
Building relationships with a teenagers is an incredible experience, yet many adults are hesitant to engage with teens out of a fear of feeling unequipped or being rejected by them. Although teenagers have a way of bringing out our insecurities, it’s important to remember this is a direct result of their heightened insecurity and process of searching for their own identity.
Naturally teens begin to pull away from parental figures, seek close relationships with peers, and wrestle with individual identity. Therefore, for many kids from foster care, struggles with parental attachment can intensify regardless of when a child entered the foster care system or was adopted. As a support team member, you have the opportunity to provide mentoring and build a life-changing relationship with a teen. Your life will undoubtedly be touched in ways you never expected as well!
What to Know About Mentoring a Teen