Establishing an Escape Route by Liz Repking
Kids, even good kids, sometimes make mistakes. Our goal as parents is not to prevent mistakes, but to help kids learn from those mistakes. But if they are scared to tell us about their mistakes, they can get in over their heads and end up making even bigger mistakes to try to cover their trail.
Kids, often times, are motivated to ‘stay out of trouble’. This motivation can be the source of poor decisions because of what a tween or teen perceives as ‘trouble’. Trouble is perceived as parents being angry with them, punishing them or most simply, as disappointing parents.