Raising Teens Is Tough
You Don't Have To Let Them Go

You love your child. As a mom of a teen, you also feel responsible to do everything you can to help your child be safe, happy and successful.

Friendships. School. Dating. Alcohol. Drugs. College.

Life gets more complicated as your teen gets older, and you start to realize no matter how hard you try, you can't guarantee your child's safety. You can't make them happy or strive to succeed. You find yourself constantly trying to find that balance between supporting them and letting them go.

If you are struggling with your teen in high school, or as they transition to college and beyond, you are not alone.

Welcome to what I call the Empty Nest Straddle.

What's the "Empty Nest Straddle"?

We think of the empty nest as that time when our kids finally leave home, but the process of finding the right balance of support and independence as your teen grows up starts much sooner than college (for some of us, it starts as early as Middle School!). As a mom, you begin to feel conflicted. For so long, it's been your job to help support your child. Letting go of this responsibility is hard. Especially when your teen tests boundaries, talks back, or stops listening. Or, they might have trouble with friends or struggle with their mental health, and you start to realize you can't fix the situation for them. Alternatively, they could be ready for independence, and you find you're not quite ready to let go. 

The Empty Nest Straddle. Feeling torn between the responsibility of motherhood and the reality that one day soon, your teen will have to stand on their own. Are they ready? Are you?

Your Master Coach

My name is Jennifer Collins, and I have absolutely no doubt that you love your teen and are doing your absolute best. But there are a few things standing in your way: Anxiety. Frustration. Guilt. Hurt. Sadness. 

If this resonates, I believe there is nothing wrong with you, you just need new tools to help you find the peace, confidence, and trust in yourself to be the mom and woman you want to be.

You have all of these tools already within you...and I will show you.

First, take the Mom Archetype Quiz and start learning about your unique strengths and gifts as a mom. Also, check out the Small Jar Podcast, where I explore life with teens, the transition to the empty nest, and everything in between.

You have more power than you think you do, my friend.

What's a Mom Archetype?

All of us moms bring powerful strengths and skills to the job of raising teens. We are often quick to notice our flaws and shortcomings, so Small Jar created four archetypes to help moms of teens celebrate their many gifts. .These four archetypes present a more holistic view of who we are as moms, not defined by our challenges, but rather by our strengths.  While each of us might lean in the direction of one of these particular archetypes, we all have the potential to have an element of any of these types.

Each archetype is also prone to particular mindset traps, in essence subconscious, instinctual ways of thinking designed to keep us safe from harm. This is actually a really good thing, but sometimes, our brain's subconscious motivations can actually work against us. 

Take Small Jar's Mom Archetype Quiz and learn how to leverage your strengths to find peace and confidence in your life with teens.

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