Today’s culture tends to negatively influence our teens.
In this post I provide three practical solutions to negative cultural influences.
What Your Teen Wears
In addressing negative cultural influences, how your teen dresses is an important one.
For instance, people will pay more money for shirts or shoes with popular brand logos on them – when they could buy two or three others without the logo for the same price.
I know a young man who once boasted about all the money he had in his car’s fancy wheels and expensive sound system; yet, the car itself would barely run!
Like this young man’s car, how far will style, alone, take our kids after graduating high school? Let’s teach our kids the value of a substantive life and being good stewards of their God-given resources.
Believe it or not, this will be invaluable to their future employers, neighbors, customers, and families.
Who Your Teen Dates
How wise is it to allow our teens to be alone in a car with the opposite sex?
I’m the furthest thing from a legalist. But allowing a teen boy and girl in the same car together, alone, was a bad idea even back when I was a kid.
We live in a different world today – a world where even kids’ authority figures are accepting, expecting, and even promoting pre-marital sexual activity.
And, thanks to the proliferation of pornography resulting in accentuated sexual appetites and attitudes, kids are now having sex by appointment.
Cars, virtually, can be a rolling Holiday Inn. As I see it, allowing our kids to be put in compromising situations like this is akin to exasperating them.
Protecting our Daughters from the Objectifying of Women
The last cultural influence is the objectifying of women. In today’s culture, sex sells. How can you prevent your daughter from this negative cultural influence?
There are two very simple things you can do as a father that will bond you closer to your daughter – regardless of her age.
First, every girl wants to be told she is lovely; so, tell her. Be sure she knows you are genuine when you say it.
The second thing is something most dads won’t quite understand until their baby girls become young ladies; but, every girl wants to be rescued. That’s right – rescued.
So when you see your daughter leaving the house wearing clothes and makeup that would make Dolly Pardon blush, as a good and responsible dad, this is the time to rescue your daughter from herself.
She’ll challenge your judgement most likely; but, in the long run, you will win a fan for a lifetime.
Picture Credit: Mike Baiely-Gates
Conversation Starter: What are other negative cultural influences your family faces? How do you address these challenges in your home?