This is the final episode in a three part series which provides you with practical advice to keep your teen out of trouble.
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Rich Roszel and I tackle 20 topics throughout this three-part series. If you missed the first two I’ll provide you with links in just a moment.
Shepherds Hill Academy provides residential care for families in crisis with troubled teens. By consistently applying some of the practical steps we outline, many parents may be able to avoid the need for residential care.
Develop a Conducive Learning Environment
Producing a conducive learning environment may be crucial for the success of your teen.
There is more to education than mere academics.
Producing a non-chaotic, disciplined area for learning is essential.
Unfortunately, many public schools lack proper structure and cannot provide the safe and controlled refuge as schools once did.
For some families, homeschooling may be appropriate. Through homeschooling you’ll have many great opportunities to produce an environment that will perpetuate your teen’s education.
Attend Apologetic Conferences
I mention often the importance of using apologetics in our homes today. In short, your family simply needs to take the time to attend seminars as a family. Make it an annual family event.
This will expose your teen to the fundamental role that biblical truths play in science, archeology, and history. You may be surprised at how relevant today’s scriptures actually are.
Create Healthy Entertainment Habits
Many parents would do well to simply prohibit access to TVs, computers and mobile devices in their teen’s bedroom.
We speak extensively on the effects of media and its addictive nature.
For further help in setting boundaries to establish healthy media habits check out these 10 tough technology tips.
Provide Answers for the Hard Questions to Life
Teens want answers to the tough questions in life.
There needs to be margin in your family’s life to think creatively and constructively about the questions of origin, meaning, morality and destiny.
Due to a lack of understanding, many parents side step tough questions. However, merely engaging with your teen on these topics can provide a sense of security.
Even if your answer is “I don’t know, but I’ll try to find an answer” your teen will know at least the door is open for discussing life’s most difficult questions.
Model and Live Out a Biblical Worldview
I always sign off our broadcasts with “If you don’t train your child, someone else will.”
In today’s culture, the truth of the matter is somebody else already has. Parents have competition with public schools, media, Hollywood and Madison Avenue.
To stand up against today’s culture parents need to understand the difference between a biblical worldview and a postmodern worldview.
Teach the Power of Humility
The teens at Shepherds Hill Academy have to earn things. They do not merely receive an award for merely showing up.
By holding your teen accountable to narcissistic and entitled behavior you are developing in him/her a genuine self-esteem.
Provide Your Teen Hope
A sense of hope will do wonders for your teen. We see it everyday at Shepherds Hill Academy.
In fact, we interviewed a recent graduate of Shepherds Hill Academy who gives us insight into her trip to Washington, D.C. This trip provided her with a renewed sense of hope. You can check out that interview here.
Conversation Starter: Do you have any additional steps you can add to keep your teen out of trouble?