Hey grown-up, can I tell you something? I know you’re parenting some teenagers right now, and that can be hard. But you are amazing. And . . . you need a little help sometimes. It’s okay — we all do. Whether you’re dealing with a big scary parenting problem, or a problem that seems so small you think you should be able to figure out on your own, asking for help is one of the smartest things you can do. So when you need help . . .

  1. Ask other parents. No one understands the struggles of a parent like a fellow parent. So who can give you wisdom when you’re unsure? Who can share a fresh perspective when you’re stuck in a rut?
  2. Ask your church. If you’re facing a problem that feels beyond you, know you don’t have to handle it alone. Reach out to your church when you need connections, resources, or a helping hand.
  3. Ask a professional. You’re probably not a professional counselor, psychiatrist, or psychologist, and that’s okay, because those people exist! You don’t have to be one, because you can call one. There is no shame at all in that. Reaching out to an expert might be the life-changing thing you and your teenager need sometimes.
  4. And maybe even ask the internet. Sure, the internet contains some less-than-accurate information, but it can also be full of fun ideas and creative solutions for having better conversations with your teenagers, connecting with them more deeply, or finding new tips and tricks to keep you inspired.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help. You’re not bothering anyone by asking. When you ask for help, you make yourself (and your family) better than ever!