Before You Judge Your Teen

Hello parents, this is Alex Szinegh.

I thought I would take a few moments to speak with you specifically.

And what we’re trying to do here is to help your teen to become a success, to become an entrepreneur, to build a business for themselves, to become a great success. And I know you all want that. And what you discover is there is some disengagement, there is, it seems like a little disinterest.

The reason I know that is ’cause I have four children of my own. Some of them are grown and they’ve gone off and got married and they have their own businesses. Actually, all three of my kids have their own business.
So I feel real great about that. But it was not without any struggle. And the reason it reminds me is ’cause now, I have a 16 year old and I’m reliving exactly all the stuff that happened before.

And sometimes, trying to communicate and assist and help and get them to get heard, to engage with me, it’s a little difficult. But I want you to think about something. And, you know sometimes when I’m having difficulty with my 16 year old daughter, I think back to when I was 15 and 16.

So I want you to go back to when you were 15 and 16, what were you all about? How smart do you think you were? And how stupid did you think your parents were? ‘Cause I remember me thinking to myself when I was 15, 16 years old, man they just don’t understand me, they just don’t know, they don’t realize what life is all about. They lived in the stone age, they lived when the dinosaurs was around.

So, you know I used to say to myself, how could they understand me, we’ve got technology, life has changed, we have all these newfangled things. Ah, we had a color TV, wow you know. I don’t know if some of you remember, black TV, I had black and white TV with like three channels on it. And then we had color TV and you know, we got rid of the rotary phone and we had a phone with the buttons.

And then we had fax machines, and then we had all these different things happen. And we used to think to ourselves, my parents don’t know anything. Well guess what? We have created a monster. How did we create a monster? Here’s what we created. It’s called technology.

Cellphones, tablets, you know Netflix. We created all of this distraction and then we’re wondering why our children are not engaged. Well you’ve got nobody else to blame but ourselves. We created all of that. And what we do actually is we allow it.

Sometimes I go out to dinner with my daughter and my wife and we’re sitting there and see her on her phone, you know texting or whatever. And I’m thinking to myself, what happened to communication? What happened to interaction? What happened to family dinners? I’ve seen my kids, my grandchildren, sitting beside each other texting each other to communicate. What happened to communication?

So I want to speak to you as a parent, what are you doing about it? Are we griping about it? Are we getting upset about it? You know what? What we need to do is we need to figure out exactly how we can interact with our kids, how to set some boundaries, and how to re-engage them. We’re going to have a whole series of talks about this subject.

And you know I can’t solve this in you know two, three minutes for you because I’ve been working on it for years and I can’t solve it for myself. But we have some ideas that were gonna be able to help you to re-engage them because what we want to do is to help you communicate more effectively with your children and help them to become a greater success through you interacting with them.

So, think back, what we’re you like? What did you think? So, the world has changed, we’re going to take advantage of technology, we’re going to utilize technology, and we’re going to make sure that we can use all of these great tools to have our children become a great success.

So, look forward to a whole bunch of information from us that can help you and your child, your teenager to become successful.

This is Alex Szinegh. Talk to you soon.

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