In today’s world it can be challenging to raise our teens to become strong adults.
Even the best-behaved and well-adjusted children can take the wrong path at some point. Rebellion should be viewed as a healthy and an integral part of the maturation process. Teens who are rebelling have a natural desire to grow. They are seeking the freedom to make their own decisions and form their own personal beliefs. The mistakes they may make along the way are an important part of learning to become independent.
In contrast, teens who are too dependent on their parents, who have few or no friends, and prefer staying at home may make life easier for their parents. However, they are missing opportunities for growth that come with stretching themselves and picking themselves up after a fall.
Mentor as Role Model
Rarely do parents meet ALL of their teen’s emotional needs. Adolescents naturally find others in the community that become their personal mentors. Older siblings, teachers, neighbors and even sports figures can serve in a mentoring role. These are people youth look up to and respect. Often they are consulted when teens are looking for support, guidance, advice or encouragement. These natural mentors can have a significant impact in motivating them and helping them cope with disappointment and normal life challenges. A Mentor can fill a void when communication with parents becomes difficult or strained, as often happens even in stable and normative homes. Not all teens are able to find natural mentors and that’s where Kav L’Noar’s programs in Israel can become a helpful resource.
Kav L’Noar Believes:
KLN BELIEVES: The presence of a caring positive role model in the life of a teen can be the difference between staying in school and dropping out, making healthy decisions or dangerous choices.
KLN BELIEVES: Teens become stronger when they have good tools and techniques to deal with life’s inherent challenges.
KLN BELIEVES: Teens who have mentors, especially at-risk youth are more resilient, achieve greater success in school and ultimately are able to make a positive impact in their communities.
A KLN trained mentor works together with the child’s to build and strengthen positive character traits such as cooperation, commitment, empathy, honesty, integrity, motivation, responsibility, self-confidence and self-discipline. These strengths will help them to become successful young adults and build a better future.
Kav L’Noar carefully screens, trains and supervises its mentors to help them provide a supportive relationship that will facilitate their teen developing greater self-awareness, emotional regulation and the ability to care for others. These structured relationships provide teens with the support they need to become independent and confident adults.
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” – Helen Keller