Posts Tagged "teenagers"
Time flies fast from elementary to college age, so get ready to change your parenting habits. Every child seems to move in warp speed toward the teenage years.
I was caught by surprise when a new declaration of personal independence was automatically assumed the day my son got his driver’s license. It was as though I represented an oppressive and extremely unfair regime whenever I tried to enforce any rule. (Whenever I said no to one of my teenage daughters, she would go to her bedroom, close the door and play Britney Spears’ “Overprotected” over and over again for over an hour, loud enough for me and the whole house to hear.) I have to admit, it was difficult for me to transition from parenting children to parenting teenagers. I had worked with teenagers all of my life, but I had never actually had any living in my home. I am still a recovering parent of teens, but here are a few things I have recognized about this chapter of parenting:Read More
Tripp introduces this chapter as follows:
“I remember thinking that if keeping my children in line depended on me outwitting them, I might fail. I am now persuaded that raising teenagers is not a matter of out-maneuvering them. It is much more exciting and satisfying than that.”
Instead, raising teenagers is about internalizing the gospel. This is the process of them embracing the Christian faith you have been teaching them as their own. As a parent, our wish for our teenagers is that they develop their own identities as children of God. The internalization of the gospel in teenagers requires the Holy Spirit in the same way that it does for all believers young and old.
Tripp reminds us that there is no promise to be found in the Bible that our kids will come to faith in Jesus Christ. Our hope is not in a promise that our kids will come to faith but in the gospel itself which turns sinners to Christ. Our role as parents during this vital time is to seek to influence them in the internalization of the gospel.
As children become teens, they become more acutely aware of their own sin. They are also faced with the realization that not everyone believes the same things they have been taught. As parents, Tripp says our task “is to shepherd and nurture his interaction with the gospel.”Read More
Tripp explains that the benchmarks for this period are “the onset of puberty and the time when the child leaves home to establish a home of his own.” If one words sums up this time in a child’s life, it is insecurity. The child is no longer a child yet is still not an adult. They feel vulnerable and worry about their appearance. They are anxious about their understanding of life and “unstable in the world of ideas.” They are apprehensive about their personality. Against this backdrop of insecurity, they are trying to establish their own individual and independent identity. While kids at this stage of development require more guidance than ever before, they are resistant to any attempt to limit them.
Many times these years are marked by rebellion which can be just an attempt to establish an individual identity. Other times, though, rebellion could be caused by deeper issues. In some kids, rebellion is just the expression of something that has been their the whole time. Tripp does point out though that it is a fallacy to think that a kid becomes a rebel because of the company he keeps. Rather, he explains, kids who are already rebellious tend to find other rebels to hang out with.Read More