When Charles Dickens said: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” in his book, A Tale of Two Cities, he could have been talking about raising a teenager.
Raising teens can be both tricky and tremendously exciting at the same time. Your teen is dealing with hormones he or she hasn’t dealt with before. They might feel insecure or maybe because of social media, they’re being pressured to be cool. They are beginning to wake up to the reality of the world around them and starting to figure out what they love to do and what they’re good at. Hopefully, they’re becoming more curious about God and their place in His plan.
I’m sure you know this, but the truth is, God and the devil both have a plan for their lives. Our job as moms is to help them navigate the temptations and pitfalls that more freedom brings.
Teenagers receive way too many messages about who they should be and what they should believe. Teens today are dealing with depression, anxiety, suicide, drug addiction and loneliness like never before.
Statistics tell us that one million teens will run away this year, 250,000 girls will give birth out of wedlock, nearly half a million girls will have an abortion, and half a million will try to commit suicide with ten percent succeeding. Between 70% and 80% will leave the church when they turn 18. Twelve million will use drugs on a regular basis. One in four girls and one in ten boys will attempt self-harm like cutting, burning or pulling out their hair, eyelashes or eyebrows. Not to mention the increase in cyberbullying, addiction to pornography, and sexual abuse.
So what’s a Christ-following, Jesus loving mom to do? How do we raise our teens, love them, listen to them, and disciple them through the turbulent teen years? We talk all about that and more in this episode of the Mom to Mom Podcast.
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Mentioned on the Podcast:
- Episode 19: The Digital Family
“Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:16