This is the fifth and final post in the “Teen Success in Challeging Times” series. I hope you found value in each post and use the tips to build a stronger relationship with your teen. I also encourage you to listen to the parent support teleseminar led by SuperCamp president and co-founder Bobbi DePorter discussing these same important issues.
How can I instill core values that will both sustain my teen through challenging times and be a foundation for the rest of their lives?
What you want to do, as a parent, is create a “home court advantage” for your kids. In sports, a home court advantage means that the home team has the support of fans and the comfort level of being in familiar surroundings. In your family, you can build this same feeling of support and comfort.
Your goal is to instill a sense of safety, support, and belonging. In doing so, your teen will be comfortable knowing he or she can turn to you for help, even during tough times.
A big part of establishing a home court advantage is recognizing the values and beliefs that the family lives by. If they’re not talked about, then a teen will make assumptions about what they are and these assumptions aren’t always positive. A family’s values, beliefs, and traditions are a constant through good times and bad. They’re a fall-back, a guiding light, for your kids to help them make the right decisions even when you’re not around.
At SuperCamp we follow eight core values, which we call the 8 Keys of Excellence. The keys are Integrity, Failure Leads To Success, Speak With Good Purpose, This Is It, Commitment, Ownership, Flexibility, and Balance. We practice these values daily and use them to guide everything that we do, both at camp and in our personal lives.
What are your family’s core values? How are you displaying them at home?
If you missed the first 4 posts in this series, you can find them here: