WEEKEND: Our Teens’ Overexposure to Everything

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Today’s culture is far different from the one we grew up in. It’s exposing our kids to more problems than we ever had to deal with, and doing it at a much younger age. On today’s edition of Parenting Today’s Teens, Mark Gregston takes a realistic approach to protecting our teens from the negative influences of today’s culture.

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Time for Change

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

When kids reach the pre-teen years … they’re not the only ones who need to get ready to grow up!

Adolescence is a critical time of growth for kids, of course. But moms and dads can also expect to do a little learning and changing as well.

When we get stuck in our ways, and keep parenting our kids like we did when they were younger, we’re guaranteed to make a mess of things. What worked on our daughters when they were four or five … isn’t going to work now!

Mom and Dad, is your child approaching the pre-teen years? Get ready now … and plan to change your style where necessary. Be willing to grow up … right along side your teen.

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Nothing But the Truth

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Do you sometimes find yourself hesitating to tell your teen the truth?

A father once asked a counselor what to tell his two teenagers after their mother abandoned their family. The counselor immediately replied, “Tell them the truth; don’t lie. Protect their mother’s reputation as much as possible. But make sure to tell them what happened, and do it immediately. Your children will appreciate and remember your honesty.”

That counselor gave some good advice. Teens always want to know the truth, regardless of how much it hurts. And the quickest way to lose their respect is by hiding the raw truth.

So make a habit of telling “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.” In the long run, your teen will thank you for it.

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Trends and Fashions

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Do you remember those crazy fads from the late ‘60s and ‘70s? My dad always hated my bushy sideburns and long hair, my purple bell-bottoms and knee-high boots. But back in the day, I was hot stuff!

Just like we confounded our parents with goofy clothes and weird styles … our teens today have their own trends and fashions. And just as you don’t wear the same things today that you did back then (at least, I hope not!) … your teen won’t always dress this way, either.

So if your daughter is caught up in some crazy fad … don’t flip out! It doesn’t mean much of anything about who she is as a person, except that she’s a normal teenager.

Don’t make a passing fad your battlefield of wills. Relax. This too shall pass.

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Imminent Pain

Written by Mark Gregston. Posted in Parenting, teen culture

 

Now I’m definitely no fortuneteller … but I can always predict when pain will appear in the life of parents.

After several decades of working with parents and teens, imminent pain has become an easy thing for me to spot. It happens anytime a mom or dad confronts foolish thinking or disagrees with their child’s opinion. Or when parents need to reestablish their authority, expose wrong motives, or limit and restrict their teens. But while these things may be painful … they’re absolutely necessary to help teens grow and mature.

Mom, Dad … do you avoid discipline because you know it’ll be painful? Don’t let that keep you from doing your job! The discomfort will pass soon enough. And someday, your efforts will be deeply rewarded.

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