Part of parenting is learning to let go and training your child to handle independence well.  With this journey, as our children gain more and more independence, there are other things that can begin to have influence on them.  We need to first be aware of who or what these influences are and then look at how they are influencing our child.  Are they positive or negative?  Who is showing them what “normal” is?

Where do these “influencers” come from?  There are many options such as home, school, church, sports and activities, extended family and the internet.  Thankfully most teens still report that their parents have the most influence on their lives.  We need to instill in our children the importance of playing for one Audience, their Creator.

“Romans 12:2 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.  Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing and perfect will. “  NIV

Check back this week as we look at what we can do as parents to help our child know how to filter through peer pressure and listen to today’s podcast for more on this topic.