The Rebellious Teen | Part 4

The Rebellious Teen | Part 4

Sep 22

Respond, Not React

One of the ways to make sure that you are not reacting is to take time to look deeper at what is going on in the teen’s life.  Are there reasons that can be found for this rebellion? Something like a recent change, such as a move, divorce, loss, etc?  Is there a statement that the teen is trying to get across by the rebellion?  Can a root problem be labeled; they are lonely, feel unapproved of or fighting God?

Next, study your child.  Observe the outside influences.  Who are their friends? Have they pulled away from their normal friends and being influenced by a new crowd?   Take the time to talk to their teachers, youth leaders or counselor to see if there is any insight to be gained.  Next develop a plan that is patterned after Ephesians 6:4.  A plan that deals with the rebellious behavior, doesn’t compromise on the direct defiance but fights the war not each and every skirmish.

Keep a focus on Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. “(He loved us anyway).

 

Listen to today’s podcast for more insight on this topic.