Ep. 58- Love the Teenage Years by Being a Better Listener w/Jenilee Samuel

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Most parents I know tell me to “savor the little years because the teenage years are the WORST!”  I always grimmace a bit at these dooms-dayers.  Why?  Why should I need to hate the teen years? I want to enjoy my kids even as teens.  So, I began paying attention, even before I had kids, trying to figure out why the teen years were so difficult for parents.  In this episode I share some things I’ve learned as a youth pastor, Pastor and now a mom of a couple teens and tweens, and I believe there is one magic key that can make ALLLL the difference.  Spoiler: my mom LOVED having all four of us as teens, and she was good at this… LISTENING. Let’s dive into this simple, but powerful tool! Don’t forget to come follow me on Instagram for all the latest updates, and to say hey! I love hearing from and interacting with you guys over there, so don’t be a stranger!


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I pulled from a few sources when creating today’s episode, and wanted to list them below: 

Scriptures about Listening

Julian Treasure’s Blog- see his Ted Talk on Listening Better

Harvard article: Listening in Leadership

If this has been interesting to you, consider doing more learning! There are many articles, podcasts, books on the topic, and it will only enrich your life… and your family relationships.  

More podcasts on the topic: (I can’t vouch for these shows, I just loved what I saw about the topic. Listen with a healthy filter.) 🙂

Listening to your Teen

John Maxwell: Leaders Lead through Listening with Simon Sinek

Parenting Today’s Teens: The importance of Listening 

Communicating with Teens: Listening 

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Published by Jenilee Samuel

Hi and welcome! I’m Jenilee Samuel, CEO and Founder of J. Samuel Styling, and Java with Jen Podcast. They’re two separate entities but both equally a part of my heart, so you’ll find them both on my site! At J. Samuel Styling, I’m a wardrobe stylist with almost a decade of experience helping over 8200 women look and feel amazing in their clothes! I love to help ladies who are frustrated with their style, find their inner fashionista and bring her forward in a way that suits her lifestyle. I do this through Closet Edits (Makeovers), Virtual Styling, Personal Shopping and One-on-One Consultations. As for the Java with Jen Podcast you can find out more on the menu. It’s a hair down, coffee in hand kind of space! If you want some deep soul refreshing and are a person of faith, you’ll find your spirit, heart and mind renewed and invigorated with the topics we cover on the Java with Jen Podcast. My goal is to help women realize that they are ENOUGH, that Jesus is wild about them, and how to hear his voice to deepen their relationship with him. Java with Jen is on Instagram too!

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