Despite what many believe, I am amazed how teens open-up and discuss the things they wished their parents knew about them.
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Most parents think they know their kids inside and out. Today, Rich and I discuss a list I’ve compiled of the 10 things kids want their parents to know.
1) Wants a Relationship with You
Many parents may believe their teen does not want a relationship with them. This is a misconception. Your teen is craving a relationship with someone that is older, wiser and stronger than they are; make sure that person is you.
2) Wants Boundaries
Many parents don’t believe their teen wants boundaries. Again, this is a misconception. Your kid wants structure and wants discipline. Consistent love and discipline will provide your teen with security.
3) Doubts the God You Claim to Believe In
Everywhere your teen turns, there is a different set of values being presented. These postmodern values are massaging your teen’s carnal desires. In addition, hypocrisy in the church is causing him to doubt the Christian faith you uphold.
4) Wants You to be the Spiritual Leader
Don’t make the mistake in pawning off the spiritual growth of your teen onto pastors. In reality, your teen wants you to be his spiritual leader.
5) Hates Church and Sunday School
Ken Ham discusses that 2/3rd of our teens will leave church as soon as they can. A lot of this, surprisingly, is because of ineffective youth groups.
6) Fears, and Somewhat Hates, School
Your teen may be fearing school because of bullying, unstructured environments, and peer pressures.
7) That it is Difficult to Remain Sexually Pure
In today’s culture, your teen is bombarded with sexual temptations like no other time in history. With smartphones, he/she has instant access to hardcore pornography and much more.
8) Wants You to Limit His/Her Media Usage
Surprisingly, your teen wants you to limit his/her media usage. Time on media devices is time away from you; and, as we have discussed, your teen wants time with you.
9) Wants to Trust You for Truth and Wisdom
Believe it or not, your child can see through a lot of the bad decisions you may make. Be sure that your actions align with your words.
10) Would Like to Spend More Time With You
Your teen wants to spend time with you. Find creative ways to spend time with your teen.
Conversation Starter: What are some additional things you found that your teen wants from you?