The teenage years are extremely difficult for the teenager and the their parents. It’s a time of transition physically and emotionally. The parents must constantly go back and fourth on how much freedom they can have based on how much responsibility they have shown. All the while the parents have it in the back of their mind that their baby is about to launch into adulthood.
Now add to all the confusion and frustration of the teenage years the chaos that is the 21st century. I’m a youth pastor, and I can barely keep up with the latest social media trends. The pace of life for teenagers keeps escalating as colleges expect high grades and extracurricular activities. Simply keeping up can be hard enough. Getting ahead is virtually impossible.
Here are five articles to help you parent your teenager and prepare them to launch into adulthood.
PREPARE TO MAKE THE MOST OF TIME
No matter what, your child is going to launch into adulthood eventually. They may leave at 18 for college or they may stick around at home for a number of years after high school. But eventually they’re going to leave you.
What are you doing with the limited time you have?
You only have so many weeks until they graduate high school (I’m writing this the first week of April)…
- Freshman – 164 weeks
- Sophomore – 112 weeks
- Junior – 60 weeks
- Senior – Only 8 weeks
In light of the limited time you have, you need to be extremely intentional with the time you do have.
PREPARE YOUR TEENAGER TO GROW SPIRITUALLY
Of all the responsibilities of a parent, teaching you child to love Jesus is your top priority. If your child is a disciple of Christ, most of the other things fall into place. They will be better behaved. They will make wiser choices. They will be more respectful.
But most importantly, all of life is about knowing God and making Him know. Therefore, getting your child to know Christ is your top priority.
PREPARE YOUR TEENAGER TO BEHAVE WISELY ON SOCIAL MEDIA
The 21st century has given us some amazing technology. Today’s teenagers have grown up as digital natives. They think about technology and the internet in ways which we can’t imagine.
While is provides great potential, it also is reason for great concern. While teenager have incredible talent with technology, they don’t have the maturity to know how to use it responsibility. They don’t understand the long term effects of their choices and actions.
This article provides five conversations you must have with your teenagers about social media.
PREPARE TO PARENT A TEENAGER IN THE 21st CENTURY
The 21st century has brought it’s own unique set of difficulties for parents. After serving in youth ministry for over ten years, here are four things I wish every parent understood.
PREPARE YOUR TEENAGER TO LAUNCH INTO ADULTHOOD
Sometimes your teenager just needs some practical advice. Here are five areas where teenagers need to be prepared to live independently.