One of the questions I am asked most often is, “What makes you the expert?”
A part of me would love to be able to answer that question with a long string of titles and degrees that qualify me as the most highly educated authority on teen dating. Then again, maybe I should just share with you that I am an Author, Certified Life and Relationship Coach, Speaker and that I worked for an adult dating service for several years. Or, that I have coached hundreds of students and their parents through some incredibly icy conditions.
But the truth of the matter is that my real education came from the School of Hard Knocks. I worked very hard as a teen to present a “vehicle” that appeared to have it all together – that at first glance I had all the knowledge and wisdom to choose the right path. But the reality is that I chose my own detour that was not on the safe, well-constructed road to adulthood – it was, you might say, the scenic route. I tried virtually every path possible before reaching the destination where I am today.
I don't promote teen dating – our culture does.
I promote a proactive education to avoid the need for a reactive solution.
So, though I don’t have the academic resume you might expect, I have the street smarts – the experience of having traveled that way myself. And because of where I have been and what I have seen, I can help you proactively guide your teen down a safe road to becoming a healthy, well-adjusted adult without having to cross the bridge over troubled waters.
My "DATEFAX" history would show a broken GPS, faulty brakes and the desperate need for a front-end alignment. But I made it – only through a long and difficult restoration process that could have been avoided if I'd had a map. I'm confident that this manual will give you the tools to navigate the teen years without experiencing the collision that will change the course of your teen's future. This structured curriculum modeled after the Driver's Ed manual will teach your student to steer clear of the complete overhaul required as a result of choosing the wrong road.
So, when you ask me, "What makes you the expert?" I will simply smile and say, "I'm not the expert, you are!" My job is not to tell you how to raise your kids, but to point out the emergencies and hazards that make the teen years foggy and dangerous.
Thank you for your commitment to pursuing the most excellent way for your student to have healthy relationships of all kinds LONG before they begin dating. And thank you for allowing me to be a part of your journey.
Safe teen dating does not happen by accident!
Contact me at Lisa@DatersEd.com