Parents want a close relationship with their kids. In an attempt to achieve this relationship, parents tend to compromise their responsibilities in order to be their child’s friend. Every parent wants to be the “cool parent.”
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Believe it or not, your teen really wants boundaries. The quickest way to the closest relationship with your teen is through the consistent enforcement of appropriate boundaries.
We had the privilege to interview June Hunt. June is the founder of Hope for the Heart Ministries. She also hosts the daily Hope for the Heart radio show. In addition, she is an author and speaker. Our discussion is taken from her book: Bonding with Your Child Through Boundaries.
Why Your Teen Really Wants Boundaries
My experience at Shepherds Hill Academy tell me that parents don’t often understand their teen has two natures. Of course, one is the physical body. The other side to your teen is the spiritual nature. This spiritual nature is the source from which your teen craves boundaries.
- The misunderstanding of external boundaries.
- The result of no boundaries.
- What makes an effective boundary.
- Practical application on how to set boundaries in the digital age.
- The importance of providing a choice for your teen.
- How do you stay credible in the eyes of your teen in a postmodern culture?
Conversation Starter: Have you noticed that your teen really wants boundaries? If so, how?
Picture provided by: Mike Maguire