I haven’t been a teenager for several years, but I still remember those days like it was yesterday. I reflect back on junior high and high school with mixed emotions. Part of me feels joy for all the things the Lord allowed me to experience. The other part of me feels sorrow for not feeling well prepared to deal with life. Now that I’m in my late twenties, I feel like I can offer a few pieces of advice to Christian teenagers. What are they?
Here’s 12 things every Christian teenager should know:
The #1 Lie Your Kids are Learning
Think about everything your kids are exposed to in the media, school, from their friends, and the culture at large. You can probably think of quite a few negative things you wish they hadn’t been exposed to, but there’s an underlying link to them all. Youth pastors, Christian teachers, and parents are all in the business of trying to help kids understand the world around them; their role is also to help kids filter through the negative messages of the world to see truth more clearly.
Author: Lori Wildenberg
“There are many graduates today who expect the corner office with a view, flexible work time, and birthdays off.” The placement counselor was describing some senior students and their expectations upon graduation from the university to the parents of the incoming freshman. She went on to implore parents to stop being their child’s alarm clock, to never call the professors, and quit being the child’s homework proofer (or doer).
Entitlement has gone too far when college graduates are unable to take ownership of their life and work for those office perks.
Are we raising a generation of kids who have unrealistic life expectations? Do they believe they should have what their parents have when they graduate? In our desire to keep our kids happy, perhaps we have shielded them from struggle only to create more problems for them when future difficulties come their way.
We overstep and take over, inhibiting the development of our kids’ perseverance and patience. Many young people leave college unprepared for the adult world. The unbridled, unearned, and insincere positive reinforcement given so freely does more harm than good. It can produce young adults who believe the world revolves around them and think the world owes them.
Here are 10 ways to stop childhood entitlement before it goes too far.
Author: Susan Mead
We yearn to have children and commit to parenting them to become more than just good kids. We invest our time to help them become contributing adults who love their Lord Jesus and others.
So what do our millennial (or even older!) children need to hear?
Does it really matter?
Will it make a difference?
Yes, our words matter to them. Start with a powerful truth…
Here are 10 things to say to your adult children:
Author: Lori Wildenberg
Date: 18 July 2016
Watch out moms and dads; we have been duped.
And as a culture we have savored and swallowed it. Together we have collectively digested the lie regarding the virtue of independence. We have bought into the philosophy that our kids must learn to be, strive to be… independent.
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