The longer I’m in student ministry, the more I’m convinced that parents absolutely need to be proactive when it comes to their kids’ use of technology. As children are growing into teenagers in an ever increasingly technological world, this is drastically shaping how they grow up. While technology itself is neither good nor bad, students are using technology for bad purposes. Every month, new apps are being released which are designed to help students keep their activity secret.
- It’s never been harder to keep up with technology.
- It’s never been more important for parents to keep up with technology.
One of the greatest joys in life is raising the next generation.
One of the greatest responsibilities in life is raising the next generation.
While you need a license to drive a car, there are absolutely no legal requirements to get to raise a human being as your own. You don’t need any training. A couple of days after you give birth, they kick you out of the hospital and send you home. Then, for the next 18 years you’re responsible to raise a human being to adulthood.
4 Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.
Here are five suggestions for how to establish yourself as a spiritual leader and role model to your children.
Five Ways to Raise Your Kid to Become a Great Adult
We’ve all heard the cliche. If you’re reading this, you’ve probably already figured out that time not only flies, it seems to speed up! The older you get, the quicker years seem to just disappear. The older you get, the more recent 10 years ago feels.
I can think back on a few periods of my single life where years start to blur together. I remember generally which people were in my life during each blur, and I remember a few things I did. However, there’s no real chronology of events. There was no defined progress made. I just existed. I was drifting through.
On the one hand, I wish I would have made some wiser choices in those years. However, as a single guy in his early 20’s, it didn’t really matter all that much. Now, I have two kids, a wife, and a ministry. Each of those NEED more than someone who is just coasting through life, getting by.
You only get each year once and then, for the rest of your life, that age is set.
- Right now is my only opportunity to spend time with my son while he’s 3.
- Right now is my only opportunity to spend time with my daughter while she’s 1.
- Right now is my only opportunity to influence them at their current ages.
- Then, the rest of their lives will be marked by the good and bad choices I made.
Then we move on to the next year of life.
You only get this year once.
You only get this year in your kids’ lives once.
You only get this year in your spouse’s life once.
You only get this year in your friends’ lives once.
What are you doing with it?
- Will you be closer to God a year from now?
- Will your marriage be healthier and more fun a year from now?
- Will you have poured everything you have into your kids a year from now?
- Will you be closer to achieving your career goals?
You only get to live this year once.
Choose the story you want to live this next year, and strive to live it. It’s better to aim high and come a bit short than aim for nothing. Don’t let this next year just happen. Decide where you want to be and move towards it.
You only get to live this year once.
Marriage has a way of drawing out all kinds of emotions. Sometimes marriage is tons of fun, but other times it can be unbelievably stressful.
The reality is that some stress is totally unavoidable, but other stressors are completely avoidable. Usually we find ourselves living stressfully simply because we aren’t living intentionally. When we take control of the parts of our lives which we can control, suddenly we experience less stress.
When we gain control of our daily lives, we’re better prepared for bumps that life brings.
Six Ways to Remove Stress in Marriage
When your kids are young, they think you’re infallible! They flock to you with arms wide open, and treasure every moment of attention.
As they get older, they don’t need your love any less, but it’s not always as obvious how to love your child. The more they start to realize our faults and fight for their own freedom, the easier it is to just pull away. But, I don’t need to tell you that’s a bad idea.
During their teenage years, they’re going through extreme amounts of change, and they’re forming into the person they’re going to become. The choices they make during these years put them on the path of who they will be when they’re an adult. They need your love, guidance, correction, and affirmation. They need you to be their biggest champion in their success, and a perfect example of unconditional love in their greatest failures.
Here are four ways to show your teenager UNCONDITIONAL LOVE: