As a parent in today’s culture it is important to be intentional with every window of opportunity you may have in raising your teen.
Here are two important areas parents should focus on which may often be overlooked.
Provide Your Teen with a Variety of Radio Options when Driving Together
When getting in our cars one of the first things we’re tempted to do is turn on the radio.
If our teenagers are in the car the station is very often tuned to their favorite pop-music station. Hopefully, the music isn’t overtly evil; but, even if it isn’t there is still an influence in much of today’s music that reinforces an attitude and worldview that isn’t all that congruent with a biblical worldview.
Consider a healthy mix of Bible teaching and worship music for your captive audience. It just might help your kids acquire an appetite for some of it.
On the other hand, if all you listen to in the car is Christian radio it can give our kids fodder to overindulge in some of the not-so-holy music when you’re not around.
Be a wise parent and offer a balance without compromising your, or your kids’, biblical worldview.
Your Teen Should Pursue a Summer Job
While the summer is closing and school is beginning, it is never too late to begin preparing your teen for a summer job.
When it comes to our teenagers, idle hands can certainly become the devil’s workshop.
Summertime often gives our kids a whole lot of time to engage in a whole lot of mischief–especially with all the digital devices that have flooded the market in recent years.
Parents, consider giving your son or daughter the task of lining up a summer job. This can begin as early as September. If your teenager goes into the school year knowing he has to have a job by the following summer, then at least some of his extra time will be spent in research. It will instill a sense of responsibility in him.
And, when summer finally arrives, he might actually land a job that could turn into a career. Having this responsibility early on in his mind just might make the next level of a video game seem less important to him.
Conversation Starter: What are some other important areas to focus on in raising teens?