In a meeting yesterday, one of the things he shared was particularly helpful, I thought, so I’m sharing it with you.
He reminded us that many of the ways that teens (and the rest of us, for that matter) act out are actually survival skills. This is especially true of at-risk youth.
o, the next time a young person acts out in a way you find offensive or disrespectful, remind yourself that somewhere in the base of that action or those words is a survival skill. This is not to excuse it, but hopefully will temper the way you and I respond to them.