Parenting teens can be tricky. Some parents are still micromanaging every aspect of their teen’s life. Others have little to any interaction with their teens, other than living in the same house and providing for some basic physical needs.
Yet, the teen years are when you begin to see whether your Christian parenting has helped your kids develop strong spiritual foundations. You can see the true beginnings of their godly potential and the fruit it is starting to bear.
You can also see some areas where your teen still needs guidance and growth. Areas you may have overlooked earlier or with which your teen struggles. You may find ways you need to provide extra encouragement as your child makes the not always easy transition from dependence to living on his or her own at college or some other adult career path.
It’s overwhelming for many parents, which was why I was interested in reviewing the new book Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers. Albers is the mother to five adult children, which should qualify her as an experienced teen mom. Her advice doesn’t disappoint.
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Spring is a wonderful time to have fun teaching your kids about God. His beautiful creation is blooming all around us. Trees and plants that looked dead, come to life with new greenery. The birds are louder as they call for mates or chirp warnings for nest builders.
Spring is also a great time to start a garden with your kids. The great news is you don’t even have to own land to garden with your children. There are a lot of great websites and books about container gardening and raising food from plants you grow in your house. (I found Indoor Edible Garden at Costco and it’s on Amazon for just a little more.)
As you plant seeds or tiny plants, care for them and wait for them to grow food, there are also lessons you can teach your kids about what God wants them to know. They don’t have to be formal lessons. Casual conversations as you plan and work often resonate better with children anyway.
So what are some of the lessons you can teach your kids while growing things?
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Have you ever over reacted to something your kids did because you were tired and cranky yourself? Or have you ever realized you should have been doing or not doing something in your parenting you know you need to change? Has there ever been a time when you punished your child for something he or she didn’t actually do? What did you do next?
The answer to that last question is often more important than the answers to all of the others combined. Why? Because we all make parenting mistakes. Some of them are more serious than others. It’s what we do when we realize we have erred though that can impact our relationship with our kids – often for years to come.
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If you are familiar with the Secret Keeper Girls series for Christian girls (and their moms), you have probably heard of Dannah Gresh. In addition to the popular Secret Keeper Girls franchise, Gresh has written other books for girls and women.
Her newest is a guide for mothers to use while their tween daughters read Gresh’s book Lies Girls Believe. My daughter and I had enjoyed the Secret Keepers materials when she was little (an earlier version of the current series), so I was interested in seeing this latest resource for slightly older girls’ mothers.
A Mom’s Guide to Lies Girls Believe is an easy read for moms, which looks very similar to the format one would expect to find in a book written for teen (or in this case tween) girls. Which also means it is extremely easy to skim and find the information you want. The format does limit the amount of text that can be contained in a book this size so there aren’t a ton of references to detailed research or deep dives into scripture.
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Have you ever tried to find a book on Christian parenting? There are dozens of great ones on the market. Have you asked a parent – who raised children who are faithful, productive Christians as adults – what they did? Or did you attend one of our Christian parenting seminars filled with ideas and tips?
Many of those sources may have listed a few characteristics of a successful Christin parent. Maybe they emphasized love, patience or godliness. There are three qualities though that are often implied in Christian parenting advice, but rarely stated plainly enough for most people to understand their true importance.
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