Sunday, February 26, 2017

Are you the parent of a 10-15 year old? Ready for a Challenge?

Starting March 1, 2017 I invite you to join in the Challenge of Parenting Teens program. It is twelve weeks every Wednesday

Parents raise children and influence teens! Pastor John Moore, 2002

I will post on Facebook each week a post, exercise, and a journal writing. The purpose of this challenge is to help adults get a deeper understanding of teen development and create personal tools which will help you to influence your teens into making good decisions. I hope it will encourage you to know you have seen this stage before. It is the same stage you saw at age two. Children are again learning to become independent pulling away from you in order to create their own brand of adulthood. The key is to work with them not against them. I believe this influence is best achieved by becoming your teen's mentor.

As their parent you must set boundaries and perimeters around your teen much like the playpen you used when they were two. These boundaries are your non-negotiable rules. Those things which you will not compromise on no matter what. Please understand that curfews can be negotiable if you have a child who is trustworthy and responsible not so much if your child likes to push the boundaries. You know your child best pick the things you think are most important in protecting them mainly from themselves. I encourage you to allow some room within the boundaries for them to spread their wings. However, sometimes you will need to curb or extend the amount of room depending on their growth in decision-making skills.

This challenge will go into more details about what these things look like. I hope you will join me on the journey and get prepared to meet the challenge head on!

Believe in Parenting

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