Being a ‘good’ parent or mentor to an adolescent is hard work. Tim Elmore says we need to be both responsive and demanding to succeed.
Leading students well depends on the timing of your actions and your leadership style. What an adolescent needs is an adult (parent, teacher, coach, employer, pastor or leader) who makes appropriate demands and sets appropriate standards for them in a responsive environment of belief and concern. In short, they need adults to display a balance of two characteristics—they need them to be both responsive and demanding.
Responsive: to display acceptance, support and belief; to be attentive to them.
Demanding: to establish standards and hold students accountable to them.
Read his full blog for case studies and insight on how to achieve this balancing act.