5. Connection Is Key, Even If It's Not Your Thing
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Connection is vital with our teens and for the sake of the future world.
They’re counting on you to raise up a good little human. Sometimes the best way to connect is to join them in what they are doing even if it means sitting down and asking them how to play Roboblox or The Justice League.
My son loves running and he runs circles around me but sometimes the best way to get him talking is to try and keep up. And then there’s my youngest, she loves creating things.
I despise glitter, puff paint, and following instructions but the moment I sit with her in an attempt to create, she starts babbling about her favorite Youtube crafters and why she has anxiety.
Being a parent to a teen is not all hard work. There can be a lot of fun, too. Consider more ways to enjoy your teen. Think of your teen as a new friend you’d really like to get to know. They can be great companions when you’re running a quick errand too.
- Join them in their activities they like doing.
- If there is more than one child under your roof, make a point to have a little ‘date’ with each child.Make time for one on one time.
- Welcome their emotions.
- Show up to their games and school activities.
Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. 1 Corinthians 4:8
As hard as parenting teens can be sometimes, it is my favorite stage. We have front row seats into the young woman or man God has gifted to us who will have a lifelong relationship with us. I’m in awe of my oldest and who she has become and is still becoming.
Now I have a front-row seat to my teens. Some days are wild and other days are exhausting. When you’re feeling the latter, remember God gave you this teen for a reason. You are uniquely designed and equipped to parent this child because God designed you that way. During these moments, take a deep breath and turn to prayer.
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