SURVIVING YOUR TEENAGER: AND BEING HAPPY ANYWAY by Judith Joy is Available Now
"Sometimes when our children are in the throes of growing up, we get so wrapped up in the drama that we forget who we really and truly are. Yelling, threatening, punishing, and living in turmoil becomes the norm . . . but it doesn't have to be that way. We can be loving, supportive, and encouraging, and still hold the boundaries that are so important while feeling calm and peaceful on the inside." So says Judith Joy, empowerment coach, mom, and author of the just-published book, "Surviving Your Teenager...And Being Happy Anyway" (Indigo River Publishing, 2014. All of Judith's royalties from this book will be donated to children-related non-profits*).
The key to surviving your teenager, according to Joy, is to change how you react to all of the crazy stuff your teenager will throw in your path. Joy has found that you can let go of the ludicrous idea that you can only be as happy as your unhappiest child if you find the joy that is already within you. "You can look within yourself and make the choice to be happy," Joy shares, "by learning to listen to your intuition and trust what shows up."
Joy believes it's a question of changing your perspective. "If you change the way you look at something, it changes. "Keep your options open," Joy advises, "and allow for the possibility that it can get better and better. The better you feel, the better it gets."
It wasn't always easy for Joy, herself, to follow the path to inner happiness. Her own journey of discovery and spirituality began with headaches. "Throughout the years, I managed to listen to others instead of myself. As a result, my body developed a mechanism to get my attention - headaches. These headaches also helped to support false beliefs about myself," she recounts. "Newly married at 26, my then-husband noticed that I had constant headaches. I hadn't even noticed that they were daily. That is how much I didn't pay attention to myself. So, I began the search for a solution."