I’m glad I’m not a teenager anymore

July 9, 2009

I know some of you remember your teen years with fondness, but the three of you are an exception.  For me the teen years were torture.  And I had it pretty easy, there was a mom and a dad in the picture.  Today more than half of teens are part of a broken home, that includes many reading this post.

Chapter seven of Rebecca Hagelin’s book, 30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family, deals with this tough issue.  Actually the title of the chapter itself reminds us how important it is to “Discuss the modern challenges of friendship with your tean and evaluate your own friendships. Long title, important subject.  The key points of the chapter are that teens need strong friendships, but these friendships are hard to find and few are telling our kids how to be a good friend.  With absentee parents, broken homes, (and therefore broken teens)  and a society that teaches narcissism, more than ever our teens will look to you to see how to be a friend.

Hagelin suggests two critical steps; not easy but…well you know, this is parenting.  “The first is to spend a lot of time talking with your kids about the challenges they face with their peers.  The second is to model friendship ourselves.” (page 71)  This doesn’t need a lot of commentary.

Talk to your kids.  Be a good friend to your friends.

30 Ways in 30 Days to Save Your Family 2009, Rebecca Hagelin, Regnery Press

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