In today’s busy culture, it’s easy for parents to get caught up in the many important things that are vying for their attention.
1) Tell Your Teen No
Are you OK with temporarily losing the approval of your child for telling him or her, “No?”
Too many parents are codependent in this area, actually needing their child’s approval.
I’ve been working with troubled kids and their parents long enough to know that virtually no child really hates their parents for saying “No”—even when they actually tell them “I hate you.”
You know, kids are very good at over-stating things. Even as teens, their brains are still many years from being fully developed emotionally.
That’s why you need to stick to what you know is right, address the disrespect with discipline if need be, and calmly go about your day knowing that while their lips just said “I hate you” their spirit is loving and respecting you deeper.
2) Remove the Junk in Your Home
The number of Christian homes where MTV, VH1 and BET are entertainment staples is scandalous!
Then we wonder why our Christian home struggles with the same things plaguing those of the garden variety heathen.
Sure, these networks are only one element of a larger problem and perhaps there’s some redeeming programming on these channels. But, to justify the vast majority of garbage for the vast minority of anything remotely redeeming is analogous to saying I do my Bible studies in strip clubs.
Truth is; Christian kids, and parents alike, have been seduced down the slippery slope of desensitization—unaware of the consequences. Let’s wake up!
Conversation Starter: Can you think of any other important matters that could help turn your family around?