, Jeramy and Jerusha Clark offer an overview of a teen's brain from a neurological perspective, sharing insights on your teen's emotions and the impact of puberty and hormones.The Clarks give practical advice on resolving conflict with your teen, handling disrespect and helping your teen navigate peer pressure.It might be difficult for some parents to read through, but here’s a top ten list that I’ve been wanting to write for a while.Over the next several days I’ll be expanding on each of these in succession, but for now, here is my top ten mistakes Christian parents of teens make: 10. A lot of parents make the mistake of not spending time with their teens because they assume their teens don’t want to spend time with them!The number of parents who wrap their lives/schedules around their teen’s activities is mind-boggling to me. I know many parents want to provide their children with experiences and opportunities they never had growing up, but something’s gone wrong with our understanding of family and parenting when our teen’s wants/”needs” are allowed to overwhelm the family’s day-to-day routines. The devil-may-care ambivalence that once defined the teenage subculture has now taken root as parents shrug their shoulders, ask, “What can you do?Parents need to prioritize investing in their relationship with God (individually and as a couple), themselves and each other, but sadly all of these are often neglected in the name of “helping the kids get ahead.” “Don’t let the youth sports cartel run your life,” says Jen singer, author of You’re A Good Mom (and Your Kids Aren’t So Bad Either). ” and let their teens “figure things out for themselves.” I think permissive parenting (i.e., providing little direction, limits, and consequences) is on the rise because many parents don’t know how to dialogue with and discipline their children.
Despite the fact that teens are transitioning into more independence and often carry a “I don’t need/want you around” attitude, they are longing for the securing and grounding that comes from consistent quality time.Read more Episode Here's a question: Do you, as a parent, make a lot of rules for your kids? But sometimes parents think of them as a foolproof way to corral an unruly child and transform him into a mature young person. In this article I am going to call it “dating” and define it as “the process of finding a spouse.” I do not claim to be an expert: I realize that many varying opinions about dating float around Christian circles jumping over each other, getting mixed together, and consuming some people. Perhaps, it's time to asign these words to the dustbin of outmoded phrases. " Yet, despite such "clarifications," for Christian parents teen dating has and will continue to be a valid concern.At least, if most 15 year-olds had their way, they would be happy never to hear these words again. There are ways, however, to make the experience a stepping stone for spiritual growth for both you and your teen."Getting to know you, getting to know all about you! " There was a time when a first date called for a corsage, a definitive destination and a lot of preparation, whereas today, corsages and dances have been replaced by Tostito chips and videos.