Sometimes it’s easy to dismiss what our tweens and teens say because we are tempted to think, they’re “just kids.”

Trust your teen’s instincts and yours as well. Listen to them and if they rarely if ever cry wolf then you need to trust them when they think something isn’t quite right.

Last week a tween thought something  just wasn’t right, 10 year old, Danny DiPietro was coming home from Lacrcoss practice with his dad when he saw something out of the corner of his eye. He thought he saw a dog on the floor in an open garage in freezing weather.  We would all assume everyone would bring in their dog and so did Danny’s dad.  He assured his son he probably did not see a dog and that no one would leave their dog outside on a bitter cold night.

God love Danny, he was persistent and just felt something was wrong. So Danny’s mom finally agreed to go check it out.

The young boy’s mom headed to the open garage and when she approached, it was not a dog on the floor but rather an 80-year-old neighbor, Mrs. St. Onge who had fallen and been out in the garage for and hour and half in below freezing weather.  She had lost her gloves and shoes trying to pull herself to the door.

It is truly a miracle that she was found.  When she was interviewed she said, “Danny is a remarkable boy, but his parents should be getting a lot of credit too. They acted on a hunch, it was a family affair.”

That is exactly what I am talking about.  We as parents need to listen to our children no matter their age. We need to empower them to believe in themselves even when others doubt them.  That can lead to great confidence.  And to the tween and teens who may be reading this blog, go with your gut, trust your instincts.  That is important for all of us to remember, just like Danny DiPietro if he had not trusted his instinct and his heart his Mrs. St. Onge would have more than likely died without his noticing her out of the corner of his eye. He was confident enough to keep saying something isn’t right and if  his mother had not trusted him, who knows what would have happened.

Life is full of lessons. The lesson here is to trust your instincts, go with your gut and listen to your heart and also encourage your kids to do the same.   Finally, don’t dismiss what your tweens and teens have to say, because it just might save someones life or maybe even theirs.

I hope Teen Tuesdays inspires a bit of dialogue between you and your teens.

Be blessed as we live life in our passion, purpose and may our teens be empowered to do the same!


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